Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Help Is at Hand

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Help Is at Hand

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THE reports of casualties in the Persian Gulf region cause one's heart to reach out in compassion to the soldiers and their comrades, to the families of all nations involved that face an uncertain future, and indeed to all whose lives and hopes are disrupted or shattered by war.

But even in the midst of such devastating times, help is at hand. Many have found that the Scriptures bring needed strength and reassurance. The Psalmist, for example, tells us, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Even if we are in the midst of grief or distress, we can turn to God as the same psalm urges: "Be still, and know that I am God:...I will be exalted in the earth."

God is the unchanging presence and power of good, ever available to all mankind. In the midst of pain and loss, prayer enables us to become aware of God's presence and care. But prayer does more than comfort us. It establishes a new sense of strength, inspiration, and direction. In the face of great disruption, prayer shows us that God is a pillar of immeasurable love, the dependable, permanent source of good in our lives.

How do we pray this way? The Bible verse above counsels, "Be still." It isn't always easy to still our mental turmoil so that we can obey the next part of the Biblical instruction, "Know that I am God," but it can be done.

What is God to us? What is it that the Psalmist is urging us to turn to in prayer? The Scriptures reveal God to be infinite Spirit, unfailing Truth, immortal Life. To acknowledge and begin to understand this true nature of God, is to allow our lives to be governed by infinite Spirit, unfailing Truth, immortal Life. This brings to our experience a confidence in God's help and care that frees us from evil and suffering.

The psalm also promises that God "will be exalted in the earth." Isn't God "exalted in the earth" when we begin to allow God to be God to us? …

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