Bless his heart, Blue Eyes listened to me as I prayed out loud,
sharing my thoughts with him on the walk back to the barn. He was
so receptive as I sang hymns to him. He followed readily, and I
put him safely in his stall. I cleaned his wounds and went home
knowing he was safe in Love's encircling arms.
I stayed at home for a little while until I could get past the
desire to blame someone for this accident. Blaming doesn't heal.
I also needed to look beyond blaming people for the wider mistakes
in the world. It seems that many decisions that impact our environment
and make life unsustainable are based on greed. How can we make
a fast buck? How can we meet our bottom line? How can we exploit
this land to the hilt? I understand that money is a helpful tool
in exchanging value for service or products, but the love of money
can motivate wrongful actions that hurt our planet.
I realized that if I could separate the erroneous belief in the
power of greed from the man of God's creation, I could lift my thought
above a degraded mortal willing to exploit, and could see God's
unselfish creation. If I could fill my thought with selfless love,
love for God, love for my family, my neighbor, love for my students
and their parents, I could make a real healing impact. So I began
my love list.
Then I also asked myself if I expressed greed on occasion. I examined
my own thought to see if I ever did things motivated by the love
of money or the fear of lack of enough money. That took some soul
searching. It would be a profitable search for each of us to think
about our decisions and see if they are based on a fear of lack
of money or love of money. The aggressive greedy thought of always
wanting more feeds on the belief that man is an unfulfilled, empty,
needy, fearful creature. We are not! God satisfies.
I saw that if I attacked the error of greed instead of attacking
the contractor or the bulldozer man, I would see healing instead
of anger. And that is exactly what happened. Blue Eyes had a wonderfully
quick healing. The very next morning my daughter who always fed
him came over to the barn with me. She said, "Mom, Blue acts
like nothing bad ever happened to him." We both laughed because
that is exactly what we had been praying to understand, that nothing
bad can happen to God's idea. That next day he was well enough for
my daughter to ride him and take him over his jumps like she did
every day. All the cuts on Blue's face, chest and legs closed up
and his hair grew back leaving no scars.
Very shortly a new wooden fence was put up replacing the barbed
wire. Blue's fear had been replaced with dominion. My fear and worry
about our world has been replaced with a confidence and dominion
allowing me to give my best thoughts and prayers to becoming a spiritual
These two experiences are examples in individual ways of plants
and animals being restored through prayer. It seems to me that if
two and two is four, then the same principle can be applied to two
million and two million equals four million. If we use our own individual
experiences as opportunities to put into practice the spiritual
principles of being, then we are practicing the principle that can
be applied to any experience, no matter how big. As we prove God's
sustaining love in our individual lives, we improve the whole world's
experience. It is like the ripples on a pond. God's love reaching
out, upholding and sustaining everyone and everything.
Speaking of ripples, I read in the
weekly Christian Science Sentinel (Feb 21,'94) a wonderful account
entitled "Environmental tragedy is not inevitable". A
few years back an oil tanker broke up off the Shetland Islands in
the North Sea. "The crude oil-cargo discharged into the sea
to form an oil slick many miles in length." Birds, seals, salmon,
people were all at risk and the news was full of the tragedy. An
English woman tells how she and her friend prayed to stop looking
for a change in the outward and start to gain a spiritual view of
God's love and care for his entire creation. This turning point
from a belief in material law to God's law brought healing and harmony
to the whole situation. She felt the warmth and love of God's presence.
Two days later the reporters and scientists were amazed when they
could find no sign of the oil. It seemed to have disappeared. Birds
in perfect condition were being released back into the sea. The
local marine life remained healthy and not a single sea mammal death
was attributed to the spill. WOW! An all powerful, spiritual God
was acknowledged and look at the results in the human condition
and the ecosystem.