Christian Science has taught me that prayer can be a very effective emergency response to accidents. The Bible teaches that God is a very present help in trouble. Through prayer one can experience God’s healing and transformative presence and power. When only a child myself, I proved this in a case of accident. I had impaled my foot on a rusty nail. The hospital was three blocks away, but I had learned in a Christian Science Sunday School that I could trust in God’s healing presence at any moment and in any place. I began to pray immediately for myself, acknowledging that I could only ever be what God had made me to be.
I remembered something that Christian Science Discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy had written, “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 468. As I considered God to be the intelligent source of real life and activity, I saw that an accident could have no real effect on anything God had made. I became quiet and clear that my life, truth, intelligence and substance were purely spiritual, - that is of Spirit, God – and exempt from danger. The wound began healing immediately. By the next day there was no trace of it at all, and I never suffered any ill effects afterward.
As I stepped back onto the street the scene had entirely changed. The taxi was gone. The crowd had dispersed entirely. No one was even near the crosswalk or the bench where the mother and child had been. I retraced my steps back to the park. As I crossed it, who should whiz past me on his scooter? The little boy, with his mother and her shopping cart following happily behind. Health and peace were restored, and all was well.
“Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be.” ibid. 397:12-22
Whether one experiences or witnesses an accident, the same process can apply. Prayer that springs from the understanding of God’s everpresence with, and perpetual care of, His spiritual creation can transform an accident scene into an experience of divine power that restores peace and brings healing.