It's natural to care deeply about community. Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells of how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the collective challenges facing communities today.

In the township where I live in South Africa, the youth and the police had confronted each other during two previous commemoration days. On the twenty-first of June the commemoration was stopped by the police. That angered the youths. They started gathering in the streets and chanting, and then they went down to the offices where the police were stationed.

I heard about this, and I thought, "This situation can become nasty if not well handled." Then I said to myself, "Everything is actually under God's control. He is the only true authority." It seemed, however, that there were two authorities in this particular situation, one trying to show its power to the other. I prayed to demonstrate God's law and divine authority in operation.

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"My mother had given me up"
April 29, 1991

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