At least do no harm.
February 28, 2013
Although those exact words are not in the Hippocratic Oath, the intent is there. It’s called non-maleficence and, in essence, it means be sure you’re not making things worse. It seems that directive could apply to a lot more of life than just the practice of medicine.
What if there were a solution that not only didn’t make things worse, but actually made them better – in every category of existence? I’m talking about prayer.
Humbly seeking God’s will tends to lift thought above the issue to a divine perspective, where a solution can be seen and applied, blessing one and all. This is useful, not only in dealing with our own concerns, but in our prayers for others, our community, nation, and world. And there are no negative side effects from this kind of activity. Reaching out to our heavenly Father brings a sense of peace. And once fretting is dissolved, it’s easier to see an answer that’s hopeful.
Of course, this actually requires something of us: that we commit to responding to what’s going on around us through prayer. Because not praying could actually be contributing to making things worse. Really. As the saying goes, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
How does that work? Prayer helps us to challenge the event or circumstance or issue from a spiritual perspective: to seek a higher viewpoint where God’s tender loving care makes healing answers plain. Doesn’t it follow then, that if you’re not challenging the scenario, you’re agreeing with it? And therefore settling for the reality of the discord or inharmony?
Jesus taught something different. He never said, “just learn to live with that withered hand and that issue of blood.” Or, “we can’t pay those taxes, oh well.” Or, “thirty-eight years is too long to overcome.” Or, “how should I know where to hold the Passover?” Or, “we’re supposed to feed how many?” He prayed, and he got solutions. And he expected his followers to pray and get solutions. And not just for themselves, but for all.
Let’s make sure then, that not only are we not doing harm, we’re doing good. That we’re lifting up ourselves, our neighbors, and our world in clear and loving prayer. And we’re expecting results: blessing, hope, healing for one and all.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.