As I watched on television the Syrian refugees pouring out of their country, reaching the borders of their neighbors in Jordan and surrounding countries, needing the shelter and food the United Nations was desperately trying to provide, I was prompted to pray for them.
My prayer began with a hymn, No. 278 from the ‚ÄúChristian Science Hymnal‚ÄĚ:
Pilgrim on earth, home and heaven are within thee,
Heir of the ages and child of the day.
Cared for, watched over, beloved and protected,
Walk thou with courage each step of the way.
I could affirm that God, who blesses His creation, was right there blessing each one with courage and strength. Our supreme and only God is Love, and such a God would not punish His sons and daughters by thrusting them out of their true home ‚Äď the kingdom of heaven, the spiritual harmony and peace that is their birthright. No one can be outcast from omnipresent Love, God; God is one with His creation.
Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, Noah, and others all proved this. Men and women throughout history have demonstrated this oneness. Separation from God or from Life and Truth‚Äôs benevolence is out of the question.
All men, women, and children are ‚Äúrooted and grounded‚ÄĚ in God. The Bible states, ‚ÄúThat Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God‚ÄĚ (Ephesians 3:17-19). So we can deny evil‚Äôs claim to victimize people and produce fear, confusion, lack, or homelessness.
Whether the beloved of God ‚Äď be they Christian, Muslim, or Jew ‚Äď call Him God or Allah, He is one God. His will for each of us is not displacement or victimization, which deprives us of our home, peace, or supply. God‚Äôs plan for us is good, because God is all good. The Bible says, ‚ÄúGod saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good‚ÄĚ (Genesis 1:31).
Praying for God‚Äôs will to be done is not a blind faith, but a certainty that this omnipotent will is already done. We don‚Äôt have to bring it into being. In the Lord‚Äôs Prayer, Jesus said, ‚ÄúThy kingdom come. Thy will be done...‚ÄĚ The word ‚Äúwill‚ÄĚ is described by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, in two ways: Materially it‚Äôs ‚Äúthe motive-power of error; moral belief; animal power.‚ÄĚ Spiritually it is ‚Äúthe might and wisdom of God‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures,‚ÄĚ p. 597).
No evil, aggressive action of mortal mind, the opposite of divine Mind, God, can push or drive anyone from the kingdom of heaven, from the Father-Mother God‚Äôs continuing plan and purpose for all. The belief in a mind apart from God is powerless. We can declare it powerless, knowing that cruelty and malice are not the truth about any of God‚Äôs creation. God, who is merciful and kind, cares for His sons and daughters.
Whatever causes innocent individuals to flee for their lives, God corrects with His law. God‚Äôs law redeems and saves. Mrs. Eddy states, ‚ÄúGod‚Äôs law is in three words, ‚ÄėI am All;‚Äô and this perfect law is ever present to rebuke any claim of another law. God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His child, ‚Äď not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge of what is not‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúNo and Yes,‚ÄĚ p. 30).
Despotic tendencies come from the belief in many mortal minds, and this mistaken view of man as material and carnal can be eradicated through the action of the divine Mind. The desire for freedom and right government is a righteous one. Eddy states, ‚ÄúDiscerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression‚ÄĚ (Science and Health, p. 227).
Our Father-Mother God sustains and maintains each of us. We are not at the mercy of matter, or mortal mind‚Äôs cruelty. Injustice, conflict, fighting, and hostility are the lie about God‚Äôs harmonious universe.
To me this verse from II Samuel conveys God‚Äôs care for all His creation: ‚ÄúMoreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them anymore‚ÄĚ (7:10). ‚ÄúThe Message,‚ÄĚ by Eugene Peterson, says it this way: ‚ÄúI'm going to set aside a place for my people Israel and plant them there so they‚Äôll have their own home and not be knocked around anymore. Nor will evil men afflict you as they always have.... Finally, I‚Äôm going to give you peace from all your enemies.‚ÄĚ