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Zimbabwe on the brink

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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To review Zimbabwe's trials is heart-wrenching. BBC reported that the country's annual inflation rate is 231 million percent. The government is still under the control of President Robert Mugabe, although a recent riot by the military in the capital, Harare, could be a sign that even they are reaching the end of their patience with his dictatorial rule. People are literally starving. Many are homeless.

Now, a cholera epidemic is spreading through the capital. Doctors don't have enough medicines to treat it, and there's also no water. The government has cut off water supplies because it doesn't have the chemicals needed to purify it. The outbreak has killed at least 484 people. Some sources report figures as high as 800. In the face of this new threat – along with many others – the people of Zimbabwe need our prayers.

From the outside, it seems almost as though Zimbabwe's residents are trapped within an ever-closing circle of misery and disease. But there is a spiritual reality that transcends these conditions. It is the fact that each of us is actually a citizen of God's kingdom, and this kingdom supersedes any other rule.

Speaking of God, the Apostle Paul described spiritual reality in these words: "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; ... For we are also his offspring" (Acts 17:28). This passage makes two points. The first is that we live in the kingdom of divine Spirit, and the reason this is so is because we are the offspring of God. As citizens of God's kingdom, we have a right to experience the presence of Love, Truth, and Life no matter who we are or where we live. And that includes the people of Zimbabwe. We are all the children of God's loving kingdom, where all needs are met.

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