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A FOUNTAIN OF GOOD
I received an e-mail message from a friend recently, requesting prayer for her hometown in Oaxaca, Mexico, where violence was escalating. Another e-mail came, telling of the slave trade in India. Still another talked about genocide in Darfur. One of my friends has a relative stationed in Iraq. Even as a former Sunday School student of mine was teaching English in South Korea, North Korea exploded a nuclear bomb. My niece lives in Afghanistan.
The list of worrisome, often terrifying, situations seems endless. If I believed that I was responsible for keeping everyone safe, I might shrink from—and probably sink under—the burden. But I am not responsible for the welfare of the world.
God governs the universe. When humankind strikes out in frustration or fear, God is the divine power of good that renews and restores, helps and heals, us. This divine force for good is continuously at work. And while it is not activated by our prayer, our prayer does enable us to see the activity of good in our lives. Where the materially minded see only violence and intransigent problems, the spiritually minded see solutions shining through.
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About the author
Elise Moore is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
with contributions from SHANE MOORE, GEORGE KING, GINNY CHADWICK
Always another chance
DANIS MUTCHLER, SENIOR DESIGNER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Yonat Shimron, Ann Wallace
'MY REDEEMER LIVETH' a new look at repentance and healing
BY MARGARET ROGERS
HOW TO RIGHT a wrong long past
THE OTHER SIDE of Judas
BY NATE TALBOT
ERASING the 'Judas stamp'
BY ELAINE FOLLIS
A FOUNTAIN OF GOOD
BY ELISE L. MOORE
BY ROSIE TAYLOR
Sing a new song
BY MARK SWINNEY
The Gospel of Luke in The Mother Church
BY KIM SHIPPEY
GRACE—AND ANGRY DANCE MOMS
GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN HERE
GENTLED AND HEALED BY LOVE
HEALED THROUGH TURNING TO GOD WHOLEHEARTEDLY
'A WONDERFUL TIME OF PRAYER'