Christ—friend to the friendless

From the shores of Libya, where thousands of people risk their lives in unsafe boats to get to Italy and a new life, to hungry families in inner cities or in Syria and other war-torn countries, there comes a cry for deliverance from hopelessness and suffering. While many humanitarian efforts are in place, and some governments are able to help, conditions in those countries sometimes delay or even prevent the aid from arriving.

There is help, however, that is already present. It is the Christ—the spiritual idea of God, which Jesus taught and lived. In her poem titled “Communion Hymn,” Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, points to Christ as the help that will reach and satisfy all needs. She writes, “Strongest deliverer, friend of the friendless, / Life of all being divine” (Poems, p. 75).

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February 3, 2014

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