Watching over our world

Sometimes it’s easy to wonder what we can do to help the world. It was reported recently, for example, that “the number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war” (Harriet Sherwood, “Global refugee figure passes 50m for first time since second world war,” The Guardian, June 19, 2014). That report, and many other concerns about the threats facing humanity, are sometimes startling. But when viewed rightly, they can arouse in us the kind of compassion that truly helps: the merciful act of watching and praying for mankind.

To watch through the lens of spiritual sense is to see more than just the violence and threats to mankind’s safety. It’s to see through the outward threats to the underlying claims of the carnal mind, futilely but aggressively asserting that evil is the master of good. And then to see spiritually the truth that renders those claims powerless.

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September 1, 2014

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