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Air France Flight 447 and a psalm of comfort

A Christian Science perspective.

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The loss of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris has left aviation experts puzzled and families grieving. It's hard to understand why a relatively new and well-maintained aircraft would suddenly disappear from the sky. Even if the technical questions are all answered – despite the challenge of finding wreckage in ocean waters that can be nearly 23,000 feet deep – there will still be a need for healing hearts and regaining hope for the future.

One of the passages that has helped me is from Psalm 139: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (verses 9, 10). That sense of God's omnipresence, His tender love overseeing each of His children, provides assurance that no one is outside His care, even in times of tragedy. We can't know how each individual responded to the disaster, but our prayers can give us confidence that right there in moments of fear, God's right hand held them and led them to know His strong and comforting presence.

Those "wings of the morning" can be more than just a beautiful metaphor. In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the Monitor's founder, Mary Baker Eddy, gave "morning" a spiritual definition: "Light; symbol of Truth; revelation and progress" (p. 591). This idea of a new beginning rather than a tragic ending can begin to turn thought to the spiritual nature of each son and daughter of God, borne on wings of a light that never stops shining.


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