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Pulling the plug on North Dakota floods

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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An army of volunteers has been filling sandbags and working like beavers to build up dikes, as North Dakota's Red River and others, including some in Minnesota, absorb more and more water from snowmelt. By Saturday, the river is expected to crest at 41 feet – nearly a foot higher than it has ever gone before.

Officials estimate that over 10,000 people have volunteered to help with bagging sand for levees, and over 1.5 million bags have been filled so far. But their efforts have been complicated by a severe winter storm that has added snow and ice to the mix and has slowed down deliveries of sand.

Those of us who aren't near enough to help physically can still participate by joining in prayer for these communities and for the people who are working so hard to save them. The Bible offers many thoughts about God that can inspire our prayers. Among them: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength ... they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isa. 40:31).

In prayer we can recognize that each individual is the spiritual idea of God, created by Him and inseparable from His care. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science and founded this newspaper, spoke of God's men and women as His reflection – literally one with divine Spirit. Then it is possible to claim oneness with God's intelligence, strength, goodness, and love. These spiritual qualities are inexhaustible because their source is in infinite Love, and these attributes belong to everyone, not just a chosen few.

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