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Prayer and Election Day

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SOMETIMES I've wondered, since God, the only true power, governs, why vote at all? Today is Election Day in the United States, and people are making final decisions about candidates and issues. Yet, many, many people feel for one reason or another that voting is an exercise in futility. For them it doesn't seem possible that just one person's voice or contribution could matter.

Sure, we can all think of examples of people whose individual contributions have made such a tremendous difference that everyone is better off. You may not feel that you are the kind of person who could contribute that way. Well, actually you are that kind of person--and you have the potential to prove it!

Man's true identity is something quite different from what a cursory examination--an examination utilizing merely the five material senses--might lead us to believe. Man is, in fact, the expression of God, divine Spirit. God is pure Spirit, and therefore the real man is spiritually pure, untouched by material beginnings or circumstances.

God is infinite good, and each of us is God's reflection, expressing spiritual goodness. Do you see what that says about your potential? It means that your possibilities are tied, not to human opportunities, but to your reflection of God. ``Man is God's image and likeness; whatever is possible to God, is possible to man as God's reflection,'' writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in her Miscellaneous Writings (p. 183).

The one whose example best illustrates this fact lived in the Middle East about two thousand years ago. The truths that he demonstrated then are in force today, and just as powerfully, since they are based on spiritual law. He was Christ Jesus, and he made more of a difference to mankind than has anyone else. Once, when he was in Jerusalem, a crowd brought to him a woman who'd been caught committing adultery. They said to Jesus, John's Gospel records, ``Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?''

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