Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Praying for Others around the World Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Praying for Others around the World Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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Few people can read the news and not be touched in some way. Sometimes there are signs of hope and progress. But much news involves the difficult things people are facing. Many times praying to God has helped me when I've wanted to help others. I often reach out to God when I learn of others' needs.

There's a wonderful communication from God recorded in the Bible. The images here are ones that would have been meaningful to the nomadic people of earlier times, but the promises ring true today as well. Ezekiel quotes God as proclaiming Himself the shepherd and us His flock (see chap. 34). Then a list of God's promises is given, telling what God will do for His sheep: He will seek them out, gather them, and bring them home; feed them in a fat pasture; bind up the broken; strengthen the sick; make sure none of the sheep are preyed upon; cause the evil beasts to leave the land; and send showers of blessing.

Think of that! God is filling all space with His love and perfect care, and we all have a unity with God ensuring that all those promises in Ezekiel will be fulfilled in our own lives. God makes practical His great love for us; He reveals it in ways we can perceive and appreciate. In speaking of God's ability to care for us, Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote that "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 307). When I pray I sometimes remember that God is always revealing to each of us ideas of comfort, conscious worth, wisdom, and moral strength. And in my prayers, I remember that this is true for everyone, everywhere in the world. Comfort. The news is full of tragedies and threats to life. Problems often seem insurmountable, and yet God communicates the exact sense of His love to comfort us in sorrow. He shows us His presence right where we've been seeing only disaster or death, and gives us peace in our hearts. God gives the certainty that all is well and that we can resolve trouble. …

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