Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Targeting Women - a Response ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Targeting Women - a Response ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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It was one gloomy headline after another: "Husband murders wife," "Boyfriend suspect in girlfriend's beating." My first response was outrage: What's wrong with some men that they're so animalistic? Anger I can understand, but killing?

After the outrage came a feeling of helplessness. I knew that I couldn't live with either the outrage or the helplessness. And I knew deep down that letting these dark feelings overwhelm me wasn't contributing anything positive. There was something missing in my response. What was missing was prayer.

Prayer helps me love more. That's because when I pray, I draw closer to God, divine Love, and listen for His messages of love for myself and others. And even though it didn't seem that it was possible to insist on love in this situation, I knew that that was where my prayer was leading me.

I had a choice: I could indulge in anger, or I could honestly appreciate the good. I chose to focus on the good. So instead of just glossing over the newspaper articles, I read every word of them. The loving comments by sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and friends helped me value the substance of these people's lives.

But how could I deal with the anger I felt toward the men who'd committed these crimes?

I looked to Jesus' life as my model. He always challenged whatever was wrong by turning to God, feeling His love and authority over anything that God didn't create. He calmed the storm when out in a ship with the disciples; he instantly healed Peter's mother-in- law of a fever; he fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish.

Jesus refused to believe that any situation was beyond the reach of God's healing power. He always sided with the goodness of God. Mary Baker Eddy described Jesus' prayers as "deep and conscientious protests of Truth, - of man's likeness to God and of man's unity with Truth and Love" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. …

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