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Eye on the World: Breakthrough moments of peace are possible

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Today’s Christian Science Monitor features an article about how the two rival candidates for the Presidency of Afghanistan were brought together and have agreed to a peaceful resolution to their tense disagreements over the results of the Afghan election.  

If it can happen there, let’s open thought to the possibility that peace can also happen in the conflict in Ukraine, in dealing with Boko Haram in Nigeria, and in the Israeli-Hamas conflict. 

The author of “Peace is possible” writes of peace as the normal condition of existence rather than something that is outside of us that needs to be captured. She writes: “Often the greatest obstacle to a breakthrough is not so much that the means to the end are not available, but that we fail to make use of those means. We doubt the feasibility of our hopes. A sentence in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy describes a step we need to take. Mrs. Eddy writes, "We must realize the ability of mental might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them with the life which is spiritual, not material" (p. 428).

In “Still the birds keep singing” the writer speaks about political intransigence and how love for God and man can help to break through the rhetoric. Speaking of Christ Jesus, he says, “To me, the bedrock of his teaching was love for God and our neighbor. And he taught a special kind of love—a love for God that rises above even the extremism of mortal attachment. This love molded Jesus to be kind, as well as thoughtful and reasonable. He was so attuned to God that he consistently yielded his thoughts and convictions on every subject to his Creator. “

“Will peace always be elusive?” asks a question many of us are asking, and it describes how a man overcame a disabling war injury as he learned about the reality of God’s peace, which encompasses all nations and peoples. The author writes: “Prayer based on an understanding of the divine nature and of the spiritual permanence of peace supplies the needed link in our ongoing prayers for the world. Such Christlike peace is not elusive. There are many instances where prayer has resolved conflicts and restored harmony in personal and collective situations. But we can do so much more. We can begin to see that war and strife have no legitimacy in God's universe.” 

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