The tide of grace

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS TO WELCOME YOU to our pages this week — our first opportunity to write since the tsunami struck — could be a daunting task. Could be. But it's not, because the intent of the Sentinel is to lighten loads and lead thinking to higher ground where the power of prayer to God is seen and felt. This intention goes beyond, but does not exclude, the warmth of an embrace, and even the rebuilding of homes and hopes.

So begin with our cover, "Waves of love for South Asia," to gently steer all yearning to the Divine for assurance, safety, and for the protection of innocence. Read on and find how others are praying and what their prayers have led them to feel and do. Included is news of a radio interview given by Christian Science practitioner Jer Master in Bombay, India, a few days after her country was hit. Her inspired comments go out to all hearts seeking spiritual assurance that Love has not abandoned them, or anyone. Reports and insights from Asia and the United States follow, along with a sampling of relevant prayers posted online at, in which individuals struggle, seek, and find resolution to the question of how such a disaster could have happened. Many times people ask, How could God allow this to happen? And this issue has come together as a bold statement that He couldn't and wouldn't, and hasn't.

January 31, 2005

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