“Love your enemies”

In September 2012, our family was sued for a personal injury claim.  We have a vacation home and rent it occasionally.  Guests of a tenant were injured on the property.  The situation was complex.  There were accusations of negligence on our part, my insurance policy appeared inappropriate and inadequate, and there were difficulties with the title of the property.  The insurance company was required by law to defend me against the lawsuit, but they repeatedly told me they reserved the right to withhold coverage.  Claims for damages were enormous.  We feared that homes and a family business were at risk.

A practitioner gave me this verse from Isaiah 33:22,  “…the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.”  This was a guiding light.  I saw that divine Love was in control and able to govern all aspects of the problem.

For nine months, I prayed to overcome the incessant mesmerism from the plaintiffs’ attorney asserting our negligence and guilt.  At one point, my attorney told me that I should look for other sources of insurance and suggested that I sue my son-in-law.  Of course, I would not do that.  Gradually, our fears began to subside.  We saw love, wisdom, and intelligence expressed by all parties.  I worked with the Sermon on the Mount and especially the verses, “‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you…’  and ‘your Father…maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good…’” (Matt. 5:43 - 48).

In July 2013, a mediator was hired to resolve the case.  If this was not successful, the case would go to trial.  A week before the mediation meeting, I prayed earnestly to know what more I should know.  Again, the verse came to thought:  “Love your enemies…” I read the verse, line by line.  I stopped at the part that says, “…pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” The people who brought the lawsuit came to mind.  I had included them in my prayers and refuted the claim of accident.  However, here was a clear directive:  I must actually pray for them.

At first I was stumped.  At the time, though, I was working with the 91st Psalm.  I saw that my further prayer was to love them spiritually by knowing that the 91st Psalm specifically applied to them.  I prayed that they were one with God “in the secret place of the most High.”  I declared that every verse in the Psalm was the truth about them. 

At the end of the week, my attorney sent me the draft of his summary of the entire case.  It included the usual negligence arguments on my part.  Then, he sent a draft of another letter.  He planned to send this one to the mediator.  It stated my position for the mediation meeting.  To my great surprise, he took a complete 180 degree turn.  I could not believe what I was reading.  For the first time in all these months, he said I was not negligent and gave the reasons why.  He sent a copy to the insurance company.  Within the hour, their attorneys accepted his analysis and agreed to cover me to the extent of my policy.  An hour later, the plaintiffs accepted the offer, though it was much less than what they had demanded.  The case dissolved immediately.

Later, my attorney sent a note wishing our family well, and the plaintiffs too.  I saw that I must continue to “wish them well’ by knowing that the only record of this experience is the prayer that included us all in the 91st Psalm.  When I thanked the attorney for his help, he replied that a case comes along once in a while that ‘makes it all worth while.’  I saw that he, too, had been blessed.