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Prayer and the environment
Step by step you can prove that prayer is pivotal
to meeting environmental challenges.
When I first heard about the oil tanker Braer caught in the rocks along a coast of the Shetland Islands, a sense of acute distress overcame me. It was reported that its cargo of twenty-five million gallons of crude oil was beginning to leak out of the ship, and the rough seas caused by hurricane-force winds were making it impossible to tow the ship off the rocks.
It certainly appeared that there was nothing I could do personally to be of help in this agonizing situation. Then the thought came that I could pray. I opened the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to the chapter titled "Glossary." There I found the word oil and its spiritual meaning: "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." This spiritual concept of oil was totally different from a physically destructive substance leaking from a tanker, and it helped to disarm my fear of matter's supposed destructive force.
The qualities associated with oil in its spiritual signification cannot possibly harm our environment but must instead be a blessing to it. Such qualities express the real substance of God's creation, and, in truth, there is no destructive substance that can annihilate or even harm what He creates. The King James Version of the Bible explains in Genesis: "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." God did not make anything destructive. To understand clearly this spiritual fact has a purifying effect on everything we experience, and it enables us, through prayer, to contribute toward the resolution of challenges even in remote areas of the world.
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FROM THE EDITORS
Prayer and the environment
Nancy Goodman Tucher
No nuclear midnight in God's care
Rosalie E. Dunbar
On the Pulse of Morning
An excerpt from the poem by Maya Angelou
Letters to the PRESS—and other articles
with contributions from Linda Shaver
Healing at home, healing in the world
Root out the dandelions!
Robert A. Moss
FROM HAND TO HAND
"In earth, as it is in heaven"
William E. Moody
Respect for conscience
Barbara M. Vining
Having loved and studied Christian Science for over fifty...
Helen Swanson Ruhl
Can God bring healing to a situation that appears beyond...
Jeffrey L. Plum
At one time I had the desire to become a member of a...
Sally Ann Beale
Our family has enjoyed innumerable blessings through the...
Patsy F. Laughridge