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To comfort those touched by the tsunami

A Christian Science perspective.

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"How do I say a prayer to comfort those who have lost loved ones in a tsunami?" That's a question I found typed into Google Australia by someone looking for spiritual answers in light of the tsunami that recently devastated the islands of Western Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga.

That same question is being thought about right now in Brisbane, Australia, as the large Samoan community here holds church services to support the survivors and remember the loved ones who lost their lives. I've seen the shock and sadness etched on the faces of those who have lost as many as 13 members of a single family. The grief is palpable and overwhelming.

What kind of praying can comfort those who mourn? Every simple, sincere, heartfelt expression of love lifted to God in prayer has the potential to bless and heal. While our words may seem inadequate, the desire to help is Christly, and that desire is of itself beneficial. Words are not always the instrument of faith. God knows our thoughts and the love that motivates us to want to comfort others. Consequently, such unselfish love, even though it may be only modestly expressed, does help wipe away pain and sadness.

As I pray for the comfort of the Samoan people, I find it strengthening to uphold the understanding of eternal life that's found in the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy. These two great sources of comfort and healing tell me over and over that God is Life and that He has given each of us eternal life. Our essence, our very being, is thus immortal, ongoing. It doesn't come to an abrupt end.


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