A reader sent this to me today. I think you’ll enjoy it…
I was inspired to share this with you today….
I was watching the news this morning and feeling disturbed about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and wondering how my prayers could possibly be a help against so great an evil. I turned off the TV and settled into the Christian Science Bible lesson. When I came to the last section I realized I should share this story.
My brother was in Vietnam early in the war and had served his tour of duty and was to leave the country that very day. My mother had prayed diligently for his protection the entire 13 months of deployment.
That night in the middle of the night she woke up and shot straight out of bed in complete fear for him. In reaching out to God the only thing that came to her thought was “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” She said she never remembered even reading it before and had to go look it up to find it in Isaiah. She clung single-mindedly to that thought for hours.
Later that morning, Army officials arrived at our door with a telegram from the War Department informing her that my brother had been very slightly injured in an attack on the airport.
Later she found out the rest of the story….
My brother had been at Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon awaiting his flight out of the country. Someone had come in, laid a briefcase with a 30 lb. bomb in it on the counter, which exploded knocking people around and spraying broken glass. In the immediate security check that followed they found a 200 lb bomb set to go 30 seconds later–but the timing device had failed. The second bomb would have leveled the airport and killed everyone in it.
I was only about 9 at the time but that was the day I think I decided it was worth it to be a Christian Scientist. If prayer could save my brother’s life half a world away with such exquisite precision there was something there that was worth making the struggle worthwhile to learn how to demonstrate its truth.
As soon as I saw that verse at the beginning of section 6 in the lesson, and remembered that day, I was so thankful to be reminded that terrorism is not an exception to God’s rule and that my prayers, as well as others’ prayers, are more than adequate to disarm this evil in our world.