Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'There Has to Be Something We Can Do' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'There Has to Be Something We Can Do' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The story describing the desperate plight of two Sudanese refugees was etched in my consciousness. I kept reading it over again.

I kept thinking about Ahmed who walked for four days to a refugee camp in neighboring Chad. Every day he listens to the BBC Radio broadcast, hoping to hear news of the end of the fighting so he can return home.

And then there is Amira, living in a camp in Sudan, struggling to nourish her baby. (See The Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 10.)

Exasperated and frustrated by my own feelings of helplessness, I turned to a friend and asked: "What can we do? There has to be something we can do." But deep down I knew that another person wasn't going to be able to give me an answer. I knew that I had to find my answer where I always find the most satisfying answers - by praying to God.

This wasn't easy. But I reminded myself that often my hardest struggles have brought the greatest benefits. So I committed to listening to God for direction. What came to me as I prayed was this message: Stop giving power to things that don't have power - hatred, anger, fear, sadness.

God, Love, has the power - that's what I was learning from healings I was having through prayer. I found that as I stayed close to God and listened to Him, I experienced healing. The Bible says: "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God" (Ps. 62:11).

But I had to admit that I felt intimidated after reading about Amira and the other women being beaten by the Janjaweed, the Sudanese government-backed Arab militia, when they left camp to collect wood and grass.

The question came to me: Are you believing in a power apart from God? My answer was yes. And I knew that had to change despite all the evidence. My answer had to change because God was asking me to do better. I could be more steadfast and consistent in my prayers. I could be more willing to hold to the spiritual fact that there is only one supreme power, God, good - no matter what the evidence was saying to the contrary.

God's love and power govern every corner of the earth; they don't leave anyone out. It wasn't logical for me to worship and love God, Spirit, as an all-good power and presence only in some instances. …

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