Last night we got together with our son and his son for a nice dinner. We talked some about the news and how it can make us feel fearful and helpless to make things better. We all agreed that what we read and hear from friends and the media has to be taken with a grain of salt and prayed about in the light of Truth. A question popped up, "Should we take it all in or not listen at all?" Of course we agreed that neither action would be right.

This morning I picked up my August 10 Sentinel ["News alert—prayer alert"] and couldn't believe how relevant the article "News Alert = prayer alert," by Michelle Nanouche, was to what we talked about. She said, "I certainly don't want to ignore or hide from the issues of the day, but is it healthy to simply take in each news flash as if it were the final word? In my prayers for myself and the world, it's occurred to me that neither being an open receptacle for sensational reports nor completely ignoring the news is healthy." Then she listed some points that would help us all.

Her last point was about "feeding prayer not curiosity," and it mentioned The Christian Science Monitor, established by Mary Baker Eddy "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." I am so grateful to be a Christian Scientist and to subscribe to the Monitor for my prime source of news.

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September 14, 2009

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