Prayer points, peace points

As You Page through this week's Sentinel, you'll see it has a little different look to it. We've designed it to look different because the world has been looking different lately as reports about the war in Iraq have been flooding the media ... if not all the channels of human thought. But an important line of communication remains open, always: prayer.

Last week's Sentinel included a message from The Christian Science Board of Directors asking readers for continuing prayer "to settle conflicts in the Middle East and Persian Gulf." In response, this issue devotes itself almost entirely to prose and poems from people all around the world—from Australia to Brazil to Germany to Turkey to India—who are praying to lift the heart of humanity nearer to the heart of God. These around-the-globe "prayers" are literally wrapping the world in a 24/7 embrace of love.

And the results of such prayer thus far? A writer from the United States has discovered "divine authority" for peacemaking and reconciliation; a man from Kenya prays to remove evil from his thoughts by "knowing God"; an Iranian woman living in London says that goodwill for others helps rebuild and restore peace and stability. And so much more. Our readers are finding that prayer protects, comforts, guides, heals. That it's expressed more sincerely in actions than in words. They're learning to pray the kind of prayer that the Bible says "availeth much."

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April 14, 2003

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