Negative impulses can be overcome

A thread of violence—street crime, holdups, riots, skyjackings, assassinations of national and international figures—seems to run through the headlines. How can we stamp out a sense of fear, discouragement, despair that our individual lives, or the lives of heads of governments and prominent personalities, can be made targets for crime?

We can do this through the gentling influence of prayer in Christian Science. We can confidently turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and reassurance of God's ever-present, omnipotent law of good.

Biblical records relate how people were delivered from various dangers—from the harmful effects of fire, from lions, stonings, imprisonment. Individual prayer, our absolute faith in God's control over all His creation, avails much when based on the understanding of God's allness and oneness, and man's inseparable unity with his Father-Mother God. True prayer can do much to stem the tide of crime in our world today and prevent the slaughter of innocent people.

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May 2, 1983

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