A source of water in a thirsty land

"Our impersonal society"—this is the verdict some observers have rendered on today's urbanized, mechanized, computerized, increasingly complex civilization. Amid an avalanche of computer printouts, robotized controls, hidden-eye cameras, identification numbers, and recorded messages, the individual somehow seems to count for less and less. No matter how useful modern inventions may be, some commentators deplore what they see as an increasingly cold, heartless, and impersonal feeling of indifference to others, said to be permeating our culture with a strange loneliness.

How appealing, in such a situation, is the simplicity and single-heartedness of genuine Christians, banded together in the unconquerable joy of divine Love understood, and sharing this joy with others! Every individual yearns for a sense of worth and of love. What could more truly satisfy this craving than the reciprocal lovingkindness kindled by the master Christian's heart-stirring command to "love one another"! John 13:34.

Nothing could be more precious to the individual faced with the jolting confusions of modern life than the opportunity to share and enjoy this lovingkindness and support in a genuine Christian community. In other words, nothing could be more relevant to the needs of people today than the church—specifically, the Church of Christ, Scientist, which is wholeheartedly committed both to the acceptance and to the actual demonstration, in reformed lives and in healing, of Christ's gospel of love!

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To heal: find the real cause
August 10, 1981

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