Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

After the Storm ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

After the Storm ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Resurrection. It's not a word I use a lot, yet as I looked at the pictures of New Orleans, Biloxi, and other communities under the floodwaters left by hurricane Katrina, it was the only word that came to mind. These communities can come back to life, and our prayers can help them do it.

One specific thing I'm praying for is unity. With so many different departments of the federal and state governments involved, so many businesses, schools, and individuals all trying to figure out what to do next, my prayers are that God, the one Mind or divine intelligence, will guide each step of the way.

When I was growing up, the saying "Many hands make light work" helped capture the feeling that when everyone works together, even a huge task - such as doing all the haying for the winter - can be made easier.

In her writings, Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper, emphasized the value of unity. In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," she wrote that unity is "the bond of perfectness, the thousandfold expansion that will engirdle the world, - unity, which unfolds the thought most within us into the greater and better, the sum of all reality and good." She continued, "This unity is reserved wisdom and strength. It builds upon the rock, against which envy, enmity, or malice beat in vain" (p. 164).

That thought of unity being "reserved wisdom and strength" offers hope that even if the mental and physical demands of the recovery work continue to be great, there are spiritual reserves that will restore those engaged in it. And because the one Mind is an intelligent and loving God, we can trust that all needs will be met in a way that is totally appropriate for each one. No one can be left out.

For me, this passage from the book of Daniel captures the genuine love that God has for each of His children. At the time, Daniel was visited by an angel who told him, "O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. …

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