Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Helping Others, without Fear ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Helping Others, without Fear ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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When I hear saddening news of yet another man being arrested on charges of murdering or abusing his spouse or children, I yearn to be of help. What can be done to help people learn how to control violent impulses and to express more patience and love?

Prayer can powerfully protect people from becoming victims of violence. I've seen prayer disarm the destructive impulses that gripped a man I knew, who often let anger or hate take over his thinking.

He hadn't learned how to express much self-control, but when he became hate-filled and threatening, he responded to my prayer and the prayer of others by becoming calm and grateful.

So if someone learns how to pray with the omnipotence and nearness of God's love, everyone concerned can be helped and protected.

But what if people don't know that this spiritual help is at hand, or don't know how to effectively reach out for it?

My own prayers for insight brought an unexpected answer to that question and an experience I'll never forget.

I had just enjoyed an Indian summer evening walk around a Boston city pond. The peaceful walk provided a good opportunity to commune with God and to listen for spiritual ideas. I remembered this statement that I'd read by Mary Baker Eddy: "Man is the expression of God's being" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. 470). I prayed to understand what God's being really is and what it means for us to be His expression.

Thinking about this expanded my consciousness of everyone's relation to God as Love, Life, Truth, Spirit, Soul, Mind, and Principle. I was inspired by considering the spiritual qualities that are ours as the expression of God's being, qualities of love, purity, wisdom, and holiness.

I felt impelled to get the Bible and Science and Health from my car and to read for a while on a park bench. A few minutes later an intense, burly man came up to me and asked earnestly, "Would you tell me about God? …

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