There are dramatic events that receive much of the public's attention—for example, the recent hurricanes that swept the southeastern United States and the Hawaiian Islands, or the tidal wave in Nicaragua. Although the immediate tragedies may be gone from the headlines, they are not gone from the lives of many who experienced their impact. There remains a significant need for renewal and healing. Selfless prayer can bring to light a spiritually tangible presence, a divine power, that enables us to be a meaningful participant, to help heal and renew.

Christ Jesus' work had a truly monumental impact on people's lives because of his conscious relationship to God. After healing someone who had been unable to walk for years, he explained, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." If Jesus looked to God for healing, peace, happiness—even for life itself—then we, too, can look to God as our complete and ultimate source of good.

Is selflessness really beneficial?
October 19, 1992

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