Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for Homs, Syria

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayer for Homs, Syria

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A Christian Science perspective: Inspired by a visit to Homs, Syria, several years ago, this writer now embraces the city in prayer as it faces increased violence in the streets.

I had the privilege of traveling to the beautiful, ancient city of Homs several years ago, loving its Roman waterwheel, still turning, and the gentle way its residents milled in the city center, greeting friends, engaging in conversations over outdoor cafes - all the ways you would expect to see people enjoy a sunny day.

Now a tragic picture is unfolding. Protests against the authoritarian regime of Bashar al-Assad are being violently suppressed by government forces. Secret pictures and videos smuggled out in the most difficult of circumstances document this. Shelling of the city has killed hundreds of Syrians. At least four journalists have been among the dead. Only by the end of the week were the wounded allowed to be evacuated.

What can those of us far away from the violence do to help? We can pray deeply to know that even in such war-torn circumstances, God's law of divine Love is protecting its creation. The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," what the action of God - also called Truth, Life, and Love - is doing in spite of what the senses see: "Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God" (p. 243).

Just as light annihilates darkness effortlessly, by being itself, the truth destroys a lie once it has been exposed. The lie here is that individuals are motivated by such ambition, brutality, and cruelty that they will go to any length to protect their own position. The truth is that God is ever in control, and God's sons and daughters can never be out from under the protection of this divine Love. …

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