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A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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Daily world news can make us wonder what we can do to help alleviate the sufferings of humanity. Front-burner concerns – the downward financial spiral, the housing market, unemployment, bold acts of aggression, and a legion of other issues – all beg for immediate action. Many of us wish we could contribute something positive to tip the balance toward workable solutions.

Reasoning from the premise that God is infinite good, that His wisdom is unerring and ever available, prepares thought to see what we can most effectively contribute to the solution. God reveals Himself in ways that we can understand and make practical. No problem is bigger than infinite Love, and no one's understanding of Love is too small to make a difference.

It is in God's eternal goodness that we find refuge and assurance. Turning to Him for guidance isn't escaping into a state of denial. It's tapping a source available to all of us. It's honoring the God whose power is always available. Drawing on that source, that power, supports our conviction that God's love is ever present, even in situations that seem desperate. If you look carefully, it's likely that you'll find evidence of mercy, preservation, and safety, even in very grim conditions. Acknowledging everyone's true nature as God's spiritual idea, wholly good and pure, offers a starting point for reasoning spiritually about whatever local, national, or world situations are taking place.

Given the news reports today, the need to rise above the rubble of despair and destruction actually impels our daily prayer for humanity. This prayer, this spiritual reasoning, generates healing concepts and ideas that strengthen our conviction in God's ever-present guidance and open thought to practical steps that will fulfill our desire to make a difference.

The founder of this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote this in an article for the Boston Herald, March 1898, titled "Other ways than by war": "Let us have the molecule of faith that removes mountains, – faith armed with the understanding of Love, as in divine Science, where right reigneth" ("The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," p. 278).

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