NEWS break

A viewer finds comfort by tuning in to prayer.

Last Fall the sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area had me glued to the TV and wondering when and where the gunman would strike next. I was not happy with myself for being fascinated by this tragic series of events, so I decided the next time the news pulled me away from more constructive activities, I would find a better way to respond.

New Year's Eve gave me just that opportunity. I was concerned about people drinking and driving—especially one friend of mine. So, I stayed home that night and prayed. When I prayed, I felt an incredible peace. I identified that peaceful feeling as an assurance from God that His love was shepherding everyone. Later I learned that my friend had been invited to several parties, but had chosen instead to spend a quiet evening at home. According to newscasts, a great many other Americans had done the same. This encouraged me by reinforcing my conviction that our prayers, based on God's impartial love for everyone, can help reach and bless many people.

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