Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Light Instead of Darkness Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Light Instead of Darkness Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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'ALL I can see in my future is darkness" (The New York Times, January 18, 1995). These are the words of a Kobe businessman who lost everything in the recent earthquake that struck Japan. This is how disasters seem to take hold of people and keep them from moving forward. Your prayers and mine, however, can reach into the darkness and bring light.

In the Bible, the Psalmist tells us, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1). This light, the presence of God, or divine Love, is available to everyone around the world. It is already present to lead the people of Japan to renewal.

In our prayers for Kobe and any other disaster-stricken area, it is useful to recall the basic truth that man is spiritual. He is not a material or a materialistic human being who can be manipulated by false pride or unwillingness to correct past mistakes. Because man is the idea of divine Principle, Love, man's purpose is both specific and good. Man doesn't exist in a void or as an aimless creation. He expresses intelligence, wisdom, and love. Such affirmations of spiritual reality help to support a just outcome for the investigations being made into the preparedness for and response to the disaster. Understanding the permanence and continuity of God's spiritual creation also frees citizens from aimlessness and hopelessness.

We can firmly reject the belief that an all-loving God would ever send trouble to His children. Instead, He gives each of us the peace, joy, and prosperity that are wholly spiritual. Although we perceive our blessings first in terms of spiritual qualities, these translate into whatever we need humanly--food, shelter, hope--as we express God's goodness in our lives. This is the true being of all of us, whether we are in Kobe or Kansas City or Karachi. Nor is man a victim of "chance." Under the divine government, the only government, man's relation to God can never be shaken or shattered. He is always at one with his Maker. When we apply this spiritual knowledge, we can know God's protection and guidance in times of trouble. …

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