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Road Diaries

Road Diaries is an occasional column, recording insights and experiences from members of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship as they travel the world, speaking on Christian Science and its healing mission.

A call to pray

From the August 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A couple of years ago I boarded a plane in Denver and headed back home to Los Angeles after a busy lecture tour. I was looking forward to some quiet time on the flight and was planning on having a couple of solid hours to just kick back and not think about much.

Once I was seated, I took one of the magazines from the seat pouch in front of me and started working on a Sudoku puzzle in the back. I was about halfway finished with the puzzle as the plane began to speed down the runway for take-off, and just at the moment of lift-off there was a loud bang. Clearly this was not normal, but we kept flying.

The thought came to me that I should pray, but I looked around and since no one else seemed overly concerned, I ignored that thought and kept doing my own thing. I had in my mind that I was going to relax—and at times like that it can be tempting to just not feel like praying. The thought that I should pray came to me more than once, but each time I pushed it out.