Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Toward Drug-Free Neighborhoods

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Toward Drug-Free Neighborhoods

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A Christian Science perspective.

"Winter's Bone," a film in current release in North America and set in rural Missouri, offers a bleak view of the corruption that methamphetamine labs bring to a community. My home state, Missouri, has been called the meth lab capital of the United States - not a distinction I'm particularly proud of. In fact, just a couple of months ago, a meth lab, hidden in a middle-class community a few blocks away from me, blew up.

Yet I'm learning that I can, and must, do my part to bring a Christly sense of protection and redemption to affected cities and towns. And I believe we can protect our neighborhoods through prayer.

St. Paul, in his famous address to philosophers and intellectuals in Athens, brought the truth of God's infinite ever-presence to the heartland of classical mythology. The Greeks believed that gods were manlike and could move from place to place, doing good and evil. Paul must have illuminated receptive hearts and minds when he said of God, who is all-good, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Infinite God, filling all space with His presence, ensures that His production of good is universal. With this view, scientifically speaking, we can find safety, even in a dangerous place.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper, wrote in her major work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," that, during a bleak period in her own life, she found healing when she learned that "Life, Truth, and Love are all-powerful and ever- present..." (p. 108).

Life, Truth, and Love are synonyms for the one indivisible God, words that help us grasp something of the Infinite. So His all- power is ever present, and we can simultaneously feel both God's ever-presence and His all-power.

A few years ago, after having lived abroad for a while and having rented out our home, we returned to our neighborhood and found it radically changed. …

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