COMMUNITY WATCH

The love that bonds a community together

In my community some time ago, several teenage boys were arrested and charged with a wide-ranging crime spree that ended in the fatal shooting of one of their teachers. Press reports portrayed a gang of youths who felt no bond to family, school, or community. Some observers commented that the love and care that bind society together are disappearing.

Yet there is a way in which each of us can think and pray daily that will strengthen the bonds of community and dissolve the grip of evil. A popular song of recent years speaks of letting peace begin with us. We are often led to think that what interferes with our peace is beyond our control. But the message of the song points to a spiritual law that enables us to pray with authority and so to counteract with the certainty of God's control whatever would threaten peace.

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