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The quest for peace in Iraq

A Christian Science perspective.

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Mesopotamia, the ancient name for Iraq, defines the land between two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates. It is the site of ancient civilizations. And its quest for peace symbolizes the world's quest – one that will ultimately bring together East and West in the search for ways to end war.

But how to find lasting peace? To me, it begins in our own hearts by accepting Jesus' promise "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21). It's a recognition that however challenged we may be, each of us has within us a place of infinite stillness where we can feel our spiritual nature as the sons and daughters of God. This inner stillness, in which God is communicating with us, is available to everyone, including the people of Iraq.

Within this sanctuary, the day-to-day struggle stops and peaceful prayer begins. Here there is spiritual strength, which comes from God, infinite Love, and which regenerates peacemakers with healing ideas. One such thought is that since God is ever present, His peace can also be felt in Iraq. Holding to this conviction blesses everyone involved by embracing them in that place of inner stillness, where reconciliation is possible.

Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14). The presence of God with us is the light that shines in our consciousness and enables us to be instruments of peace wherever we are. Such moments of heartfelt prayer remind us that divine Love is omnipotent and that Love must have the final word, embracing all its children.

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