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Prayer that transcends politics

From the October 22, 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

When passionate politics seem to reign and emotions are running high, can prayer bring peace? Is it possible to stay calm, quiet, reasonable, and rational when engaged in conversations with someone with different political views than our own? In fact, prayer for a righteous government can help us to stay unmoved in the middle of divisive, derisive, and even deceptive political advertising—and to mitigate the negativity related to campaigning. In praying about the elections, I have found comfort in something Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, said when asked about her politics.