A HEART FOR COMMUNITY

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.

A few years ago I began to make it a definite part of my practice of Christian Science to pray each day for the community in which I live, a small but busy English seaside town. I felt it was so important to reach out to the world with our thoughts and prayers. I often based my prayer on the Lord's Prayer, beginning with the words our Father. I could see that the first word, our, meant that everyone in the whole neighbourhood and community was included in God's love and care.

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