Prayer in time of war

Numbers never tell the whole story. But a couple of figures that crossed our desk the other day seemed to say quite a lot about the breadth of interest in praying for peace in the Mideast.

We learned, for instance, that an average of 10,000 telephone calls had been coming in weekly on the toll-free line accessible to callers from North America, provided by the Clerk's Department at The Mother Church. Callers can listen to a brief selection of Bible verses on the subject of peace. While the project was originally conceived as a two-week program to serve the Boston community, calls have come from many parts of North America, and the program has been extended indefinitely. One caller, who explained that she was not a Christian Scientist, commented that she was comforted by the call," and I know that 'the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,' will fill the hearts and minds of all." Another caller, a ten-year-old boy, said that he'd been working to bring about peace between two youngsters at school who weren't getting along.

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