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Eye on the world: Praying for Syria
In “‘Heinous’ chemical attack kills dozens in Syria, US blames Assad, as aid workers scramble to help” The Christian Science Monitor reports on “a chemical weapons attack in an opposition-held town in northern Syria [that] killed dozens of people on Tuesday.” The Syrian government and the rebel forces blame each other for “Tuesday’s attack, [which] is being described as the worst chemical attack since a 2013 chemical assault left hundreds dead.” This is the latest humanitarian atrocity to grasp the world’s attention. The Monitor’s Editorial Board writes,“with the Syrian conflict entering its seventh year, United Nations officials are asking if the country has become a war zone empty of international norms. Chemical weapons are used in violation of international law. Aid is denied to millions of displaced civilians. Torture and other human-rights atrocities are commonplace. The death toll is now more than 400,000. And negotiations to end the war have so far been useless…. Yet amid a conflict that appears free of moral conventions, humanitarian law does have a strong foothold [concerning refugees].”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, … yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 469–470
The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 365–366
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “You are not isolated”: “Man, the son of God, is Godlike. He is spiritual, controlled and cared for by his heavenly Father. And God is his only source of good, not people or human conditions.” And “We can turn from dependence on ourselves or others to the ever-present help of God. Because we have the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, to show us our sonship with God, our oneness with Him as His ideas, we can understand and prove in our present experience that we are not isolated. We are with God and perfectly cared for by Him.”
In “Seeing man as Love’s image”: “One could not wish for a more stimulating experience than to behold in some measure the glorious and glorified man of God’s creating,” And “Compassion and tenderness are the opposites of inhumanity and mercilessness. Thoughtfulness and consideration have nothing in common with carelessness, inattention, and neglect. Strength, permanency, and completeness are not touched by weakness, frailty, or lack. Truly the Godlike qualities of obedience, meekness, and humility constitute spiritual might. These have no agreement with lawlessness, ruthlessness, arrogance, or pride. Let us refuse to associate godless qualities with man and endeavor to see him as he really is—the image of Love. Love is indeed the essence and substance of his being.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.