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Prayer and the news

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Just a few months ago, the news was heavily dominated by concern over the ability of computer systems to make a smooth transition from the year 1999 to 2000.

On Jan. 1, there was little to report - except the good news that, outside of a few isolated incidents, everything was operational. Interviewees from the public and private sectors throughout the world told journalists essentially the same thing: people had mobilized to do what was needed to solve a potential problem. And they had succeeded. Since then, we've heard virtually nothing more about it.

This got me to thinking: Here was a problem that, if not recognized, faced, and solved, could have posed enormous threats to the health, safety, and economy of millions. The news played an important role in bringing this situation to people's attention. People responded with diligent action.

Solutions that bless all parties involved aren't always easy to come by. But in families, schools, communities, businesses, governments, and among entire nations, such solutions are sorely needed. They were embraced in Mary Baker Eddy's purpose in founding this very newspaper. "The object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind," she said ("The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," pg. 353). I've asked myself how I can adopt this purpose in my own approach to the news, and in some way contribute to helping humanity. My conclusion is that solutions that bless everyone can come only through prayer.

There are so many needs. So many voices. In prayer, we hear the voice we need to hear - the voice of God, who knows all, and is always giving beneficial, healing ideas to His creation. Even as we hear, or are involved in, the news events of today, God is saying, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isa. 41:10).


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