What do we owe them?

The Christian Science Monitor

A Woman, moved by reports of abused children, vowed to pray daily about that issue until she saw clearly that God's government of infinite, powerful love does indeed bring healing to mankind. Some time later she was grateful to see in a local paper that incidents of child abuse in the area had decreased by 25 percent. To her, it was not a coincidence but an indication of the power of prayer.

What do we owe the children of the world? The Bible says of Christ Jesus, "He took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me." Mark 9:36, 37. Today's children are in great need of that Christly embrace. While we can't be personally present to help every child in need, a course of action that is open to everyone is prayer—prayer that comes from the heart of love for one another, which is the very essence of Christianity. Mrs. Eddy writes, "True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection." No and Yes, p. 39. Through such prayer, Christian love moves beyond human sympathy to Christly hope and healing.

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