Extinguishing tensions of conflict

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 2017.

As tensions have increased between North Korea and the rest of the world, many people are praying for answers. My prayers begin by considering the nature of God as the omnipotent source of universal love and goodness, who always cares for His creation. Time and again, I have seen that God provides insights that lead to solutions to even the most frightening problems.

I have been inspired by this idea: “The pent-up elements of mortal mind need no terrible detonation to free them. Envy, rivalry, hate need no temporary indulgence that they be destroyed through suffering; they should be stifled from lack of air and freedom” (Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 356). I see this as a command to say “No!” to the indulgence of any pent-up elements of a “destructive” or “mortal mind.” It turned me from the contemplation of “What will happen if tensions escalate?” to a deep desire to understand how I could be a part of the solution to stifle destructive elements of thought by refusing them air or freedom.

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