Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cybertheft: Not beyond Prayer

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cybertheft: Not beyond Prayer

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This week's cover story highlights the growing concerns around cybersecurity. With cyberattacks and theft on the rise individuals (and nations) are concerned about stolen information. The September US-China agreement and the pledge of 20 countries at the November G- 20 Antalya summit to stop cyberthreats are hopeful steps forward.

In the "somewhere out there" of cyberspace, cybertheft may seem faceless and too concealed. But I have learned, through many years of turning to prayer when confronted with difficulties, that nothing is too far out of range or too hidden for individual prayer to make a healing difference. It is because God is infinite Spirit, and is therefore everywhere, that our prayers can reach humanity without reference to time or distance - even more immediately than information can be transmitted through the Internet.

One idea that I have found helpful in praying about cybersecurity is that everyone has an innate ability to hear and follow God's direction in order to stay clear from harm. The Bible refers to God as an alert and watchful Shepherd, tenderly caring for His flock (see Isaiah 40:11). The shepherd always confidently leads his flock away from danger, and the flock willingly follows.

One example of God's shepherding happened to Joseph right after Christ Jesus was born. King Herod was secretly planning on killing the baby. Even though Herod thought his intention was hidden, Joseph was divinely alerted to his plan and was directed on how to keep his family safe (see Matthew 2).

What I love about this is that it wasn't a person who informed Joseph, but a divine message from God that came to his thought - "the angel of the Lord" appeared to Joseph right where he was. It reassures me that we can experience this same shepherding no matter what our circumstance, on or off the computer.

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, "Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. …

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