Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Expecting the Best for Turkey

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Expecting the Best for Turkey

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In observing the conflict between those wishing to preserve Turkey as a secular nation and those who feel it should become a more Islamic state each of us has a contribution to make: We can pray to see Turkey - as we can pray to see all nations - to be spiritual.

By saying that, I'm not using the words "spiritual" and "religious" interchangeably or taking sides politically. To me, spiritual is the underlying essence of all people whether they consider themselves religious or not. Spirituality is the essential nature, the only true substance, of every human being as seen from God's, Mind's, vantage point and from the standpoint of thought aligned with that Mind.

Wherever there seems to be a challenge between contrasting points of view, I like to pray with a Bible verse from Isaiah that states, "Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain" (Isa. 40:4).

To me this means that the unveiling of God's way forward for a situation will smooth out the seemingly mountainous obstructions to reaching a solution and fill in the impassable valleys of difference that would separate those involved. I don't feel my prayers need to tell God which are the obstructions and which constitute the gaping holes. I can affirm that God, divine intelligence, knows how to smooth the way for a right, all-embracing resolution.

How does this apply to Turkey? Seeing the people of Turkey from a spiritual standpoint can reduce tensions between groups and bring to light new options. It can remove political or religious concerns and alleviate other underlying fears. As Mary Baker Eddy - the founder of this newspaper - explained in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible" (p. 264).

In my own life, I've found that prayer has yielded an unexpected way forward when opposing views seemed to impede our efforts to reach a solution. …

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