Selfless prayer about natural disasters

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“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” This has always been my favorite verse from the Bible. In the face of recent natural disasters in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and other places around the world, I’ve been pondering where true power lies—and I’m always learning that it’s not in earthquake and floods, nor in any destructive force. Power lies with God, Love.

Through my study of Christian Science, I’ve found that God’s love and His control over His creation are bigger than any disaster. Prayer helps in overcoming our fears, big and small, and enables us to listen to God for His help. As God alone is supreme cause, can there be an effect that is less than good?

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