Which is more powerful, love or hate?

Response to the Columbine shootings

As a Psychologist in a public school, I talked with classes of elementary-age children after the school shootings in Colorado earlier this year. Early in the morning, before work, I prayed to be led by God to say what was needed. I was helped by this idea from Mary Baker Eddy's Miscellaneous Writings: "... hope [holds] steadfastly to good in the midst of seething evil" (p. 338).

In one class of second-graders, most of the children said they were afraid to come to school. Some of the boys talked tough about bringing weapons to protect themselves. I prayed silently to know what I could say to awaken the pure thoughts that were rightfully theirs from God. It occurred to me to ask, "Which is stronger—love or hate?" The whole class shouted out: "Love!" Their unity and smiles calmed them, and they quickly went back to work.

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