A pint or a prayer? How did you see in the New Year?

Okay, so they do things slightly different “over there” in the US of A. But it was interesting to read the results of a “prayer versus alcohol” survey in The Christian Post.

According to the poll an “estimated 66 percent say they will say a prayer before the start of 2011” while “more people said they will not be drinking, 48 percent, than say they plan to consume alcohol on New Year’s Eve, 42 percent.”

So, prayer “wins” over pints in the United States.  I don’t think anyone did a similar survey for the UK, but it’s unlikely the results would be the same. Sharing train and subway space with revellers traipsing off to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Central London evidenced more booze in sight than benedictions being heard…although saints and swiggers alike shared the same awe once the chimes of Big Ben signalled the launch of a spectacular fireworks display around The London Eye…

Sharing awe at beauty is good! My experience, though, has been that sharing awe at the goodness of God is even better. And you can do it all year round. Prayer is a powerful resource to bring healing when the fireworks in our lives are the troubling kind rather than the awe-inspiring kind…

And that’s why I have a New Year’s desire.  (I will only be able to tell you in hindsight – in 12 months time – whether or not it deserves the name resolution!) My desire is to do better at sharing a recognition, with those who don’t yet know, that the Christian Science found in the Bible and unpacked by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures offers a logical and practical approach to prayer that can have a beneficial impact on individual lives, on families and communities, and on the world.

This is not a pleading prayer, or a bargaining prayer, or positive thinking, or wishful thinking, or telling God what we want, as if it isn’t His indomitable nature to provide all good things for His children.  It is prayer that starts with the recognition of a God who is impartial and universal Love, who ceaselessly cares for each and every one, who is limitless in His/Her ability to respond, and who is not withholding good from anybody.   It is prayer that brings our thoughts into a place of awakening to a never ebbing outpouring of goodness from Deity to all humanity.  It is prayer that changes our lives for the better so that we might develop more of the spiritual discernment with which Jesus was so richly endowed, in order to to be more effectively of service to others.

This is not a prayer-power that is denied to anyone, including those who chose to vocally – even very vocally! – drink a toast, rather than silently praise the Lord, to mark the morphing of December 31 2010 into January 1 2011.  But as Martin Luther King Jr once said “Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words.  Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

The world needs far more of those moments in 2011!

And here’s an idea on a practical level, for those planning next New Year’s Eve celebration in London – Mayor Boris Johnson, for instance…! 🙂  My former home city of Boston in Massachusetts sets a grand example of how to have a great time on New Year’s Eve without alcohol being the focus.  But keep the fireworks, please…

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Categories: Christian Science, Prayer for Healing

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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