WORLD WATCH

Dealing with an enemy to peace in the Middle East

Through compassionate prayer we can overcome the belief that either party can be a loser.

Three years ago, after agonizing about continual conflict in the Middle East, I decided to set aside at least ten minutes daily to pray for peace. No more mental scolding of or frustration with one side or the other. Instead, I would make a sincere attempt to see beyond the region's hates and fears—which God never made—to what He did make and know, namely good. I didn't think this would necessarily be easy, but I wanted to do it, as much for myself as for the people in that part of the world.

My prayers acknowledged, then and now, that the right answer to the snarled situation already existed in God, divine Mind, just as does the right answer to any problem. Why? Because there are no unresolved problems in God. Since He is all-wise and perfect intelligence, how could there be?

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