JESUS TAUGHT that God's love unites all people in one family—a family of His tender creating. But how can we give form to that ideal and truly feel the brother-and sisterhood that are natural to us because God made us?

I'd always felt a spiritual connection with others and wanted to develop and share it. Then a few years ago I saw the opportunity to start a youth program to paint murals on city buildings. While I loved painting, I didn't feel particularly well versed in, or adept at, community organization. So I prayed that the love I felt would expand and fill every aspect of the work, including initial contacts, planning meetings, and contract negotiations, as well as the actual mural painting. I knew I must let God, who is Love itself, direct me to be open-minded and fearless. And I strove to accept that it was not my personal skill or strength that would make this project a success; it was, rather, the purity of my love for the community. Work done out of honest love could not fail (see Science and Health, p. 58). In fact, from the outset, I agreed with God (and myself) that I could not fail—and that I would be willing to do whatever was needed, since my goal remained that of giving productive form to that natural harmony among neighbors.

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Prayers for peace in the community
January 29, 2007

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