A friend asked if I would pray for her. (She reminded me that after my “meeting in May”—Association—I had said I wanted to do more practice.) She was driving to another state with her two small granddaughters and was fearful about the responsibility of caring for them by herself for a week. She said she “didn’t know if she could survive it if any thing happened to them.” I also knew that there had been a couple of fatal car accidents in her family, and that the drive with her two granddaughters was a long one, that I needed to work about that.
So I prayed daily while she was away about the care that God has for all His children—those two little girls, my friend—that they are all God’s children all their needs are met by God. I also worked about God’s unerring direction and the impossibilities of accidents in the kingdom of God, that my friend had never been separated from God, and that the human record could be revised the human history expunged—that she had not been separated from God, nor had her loved ones, and that she could know and feel that power, that at-one-ment, that Love.
She called after the week and said it had been wonderful—and that “unexpectedly” a young woman showed up who was able to help her with child-care.
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A friend called, distressed because a long running show she had been performing in was closing with only a week’s notice and very shortly after that she found out that the venue where her band performed was closing as well.
This passage from Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, came to mind and I read it to her. (We have often had conversations about Christian Science.)
“Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for ‘man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.’ The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality.” (266:6-17)
A few days later she called to thank me, said that was exactly what she needed to hear and that she received three new calls about jobs.