How Prayer Defuses Violence, by Eric Nelson

How prayer defuses violence, by Eric Nelson

With violence in America becoming an all too frequent part of our daily news, Eric Nelson, a colleague and a writer, who writes about the link between consciousness and health from his perspective as a practitioner of Christian Science, explores this current trend.  He shares his spiritual insight and a story of an inmate who experienced a spiritual transformation that resulted in a peaceful outcome to a volatile situation.  Eric goes a step further by acknowledging how seeing ourselves (and everyone else) as children of God can and does shift thought from violence to brotherhood and peace!

All it took for Roger to decide not to kill someone was to be reminded he was a child of God.

Roger (not his real name) was an inmate in a Pennsylvania jail when my friend Dave met him. Dave, a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from California, was there to give a ministerial talk as a representative of the local Christian Science Church.

“After my talk, Roger, a great big guy, came up to me and said, ’Man, you really messed me up,’ said Dave as we were having lunch one afternoon. “He said, ‘You were talking about what it means to be a child of God. That’s who I am.’ Then he said, ‘I want to tell you, before this talk, they brought a guy into the jail, and he and I have had this thing going on out on the street back and forth, and I said to myself, I’m going to kill him. Today’s the day. I don’t care what happens to me, we’re going to end this thing, right here, right now.’”

All Dave could do was keep listening

“He said, ’And then for some reason, I decided to come hear this stupid talk. And now I’ve got to go back to my cell, and I’ve got to think about myself as a child of God and what that means, and I’ve got to think about him that way too, don’t I?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, you do.’ By this time, tears were streaming down his face. He gave me a big bear hug and he says, ‘Thanks for messing me up, man.’”

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org