Healing for troubled youths

Many people are making good efforts to help young men and women, through social programs and education. But many youths who are swept up in crime, violence, gangs, drugs, alcohol, and teen pregnancy aren't reached by these efforts. More can be done, and with farther-reaching effects, through consistent, daily prayer for youth—the kind of prayer that refutes negative beliefs about man.

Think, for instance, of what is most needed in the unhappy homes, the dysfunctional families, from which many troubled youths come. In Science and Health Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Honesty and virtue ensure the stability of the marriage covenant" (p. 64). Yet dishonesty and immorality are often the ruling factors in dysfunctional families, making homes unstable.

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