Praying for our city was the main event, and the city's progress was the natural outcome.

Sitting at the press desk in council chambers, with pad and pen in hand, I'd sometimes roll my eyes as the aldermen made comments and decisions that, in my view, were not very wise or progressive. My job was to write "briefs" (very short articles) for the local paper about city council meetings. I was deeply grateful for the work, but found myself growing increasingly frustrated by the legislative process.

It would be much easier, I thought, to pray about city government if I didn't know so many of the details of what was happening at City Hall. Still, this writing job was an answer to my prayers, and I was certain that God had put me in this position for a good reason. Maybe it was time to pray about my feelings of frustration and futility.

Each day I read Mary Baker Eddy's "Prayer for Country and Church," which is in her book Christian Science versus Pantheism (p. 14). One morning, I realized that this prayer could be applied locally, as well as nationally.

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What is good enough?
October 23, 2000

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