In the oil spill's wake: My prayer for the wildlife

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While the 23rd Psalm is probably most commonly used to help and comfort people, it’s actually a perfect prayer for the migrating wildlife wending its way now to the breeding grounds near the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some background: Experts predict large numbers of tuna, birds, and turtles will die because they are following ingrained migrating patterns that take them directly to this dangerous area.

But the 23rd Psalm points to a deeper guidance system—that “the Lord” is the intelligence behind the movements of His creation. Instead of programmed biological habits, a living Principle, God, undergirds and causes the actions of His creation. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, she writes, “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way” (p. 454). Love is another name for God.

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