Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayers for Flint

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Prayers for Flint

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My early days were spent in Flint, Mich. The city has always held a special place in my heart despite its many challenges, the most recent being the water crisis that has become impossible to ignore. I yearn to see justice prevail in my old hometown, as in many other neighborhoods that often appear to be neglected in the United States as well as in other nations.

Sometimes human efforts to bring about justice fall short or feel inadequate. The effort to find satisfactory solutions in these situations can seem overwhelming, but my experience has shown me that prayer that appeals to a higher law can open thought in a way that leads to the needed changes.

I've come to see that this higher law is the law of God, whom the Bible describes as "perfect" and "just." Referring to God as "the Rock," the book of Deuteronomy says: "The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he;" (32:4, New Revised Standard Version).

At one point, I had an occasion to learn to trust God's law of justice when I was trying to sell my property to avoid a potential foreclosure. I had been proactive about what needed to be done, but the real estate agents and bankers I worked with seemed unmotivated, unkind, and underhanded. I had acted according to my best understanding through the entire process and felt I was suffering unjustly.

It was holding to the concept in the following passage by Christian Science Discoverer Mary Baker Eddy that brought about a resolution: "Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God's own way, and let human justice pattern the divine" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 542). "Truth" here is used as a synonym for God.

My study of Christian Science has shown me that because everyone is made in God's image, our true nature is inherently honest and caring. …

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