Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Helping People out ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Helping People out ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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These days you hear a lot about kids who need help. Maybe a girl is sick or discouraged. Maybe a boy is afraid or always makes mistakes in math. You know - sometimes kids act mean or get in trouble because they're hurting inside. They may not know how much God loves them.

Can you help? Yes, if you really want to.

If you want to help someone and don't quite know how to do it, you can always ask God to show you how. If you're willing to help, God will use you. He will show you what to think, what to say, and what to do.

You could offer to pray for a friend. Then you can tell your friend something you know about God that will help your friend feel better. And then you can pray quietly.

You can think how God, your Mother and Father, always loves and takes care of Her children. How each of us is always with God, loved and safe. How He wouldn't let anything hurt anyone. You'll think of other things to pray about, too, I'm sure.

There's a Bible story about a young girl who did a really wonderful thing. The story is mostly about a great army captain named Naaman (see II Kings, chap. 5). He had leprosy, a disease that no one could cure. The girl we're talking about had been captured and brought to Syria as a slave. She was a servant to Naaman's wife. She must have known there is one God. (Lots of people back then worshiped many gods and idols and things like that.)

One day she told Naaman's wife about a prophet in Israel named Elisha, who she was sure could cure Naaman. (A prophet is someone who knows God. He or she can see what God is knowing and is doing. He or she isn't fooled into believing what seems to be true according to what the eyes and ears report.)

So Naaman went off with his horses and chariot to Elisha's door. But Elisha, didn't even come out. Instead he just sent a message to Naaman that his disease would be healed if he went and washed in a certain river. …

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