To Our Readers

The care that people have for what goes on in their community is shown in countless ways. If a new building goes up in town, residents want to know who the occupant will be. If local taxes increase, people want to know why. From choosing who is in charge of local schools to how much will be charged for metered parking, townspeople tend to get involved. And unquestionably, if there's a threat to the lives of fellow residents, they want to know how they can help.

Of course, there are the usual organizations most people turn to in times of crisis: police departments, social agencies, relief groups. Clinics and counselors, as well, stand ready to provide aid. But that doesn't mean that the rest of us in the community, the lone citizens who also wish to step forward and offer a helping hand, are left standing idle on the sidelines. There's a tremendous amount of good accomplished by individuals who maintain a spiritual perspective. Prayer is an effective action that helps allay fear, counteract aggression, and prevent harm to all.

March 9, 1998

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