Japan is in our prayers

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

My heart and my prayers go out to the people of Japan today. I pray that they feel the presence of a benevolent Father-Mother God despite the picture around them. I pray for them to feel the conviction that suffering isn’t a human condition brought about by a so-called “act of God,” but that God’s voice of calm can be heard amidst the roar of earthquake and tsunami, guiding one safely.

In 1994 when the Northridge earthquake hit my town in California, the assurance of God’s love quieted my thought so that I could hear what steps I needed to take to secure my own well-being and that of others. It buoyed my spirits and solidified my conviction in the power of Love, another name for God. This allowed me to perceive other people’s needs and to express the strength, hope, and comfort they yearned to feel.

At such times, I find it most helpful to begin my prayer with God, with a deeper understanding of His nature. I take refuge in identifying God as another name for good, recognizing that in order for my prayer to glorify God, it must glorify good. This helps cut through the shock of events to the fact that, as divine Principle, God perpetually governs by law. Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and the like, suggest a departure from that law, but God’s forever law remains harmonious, life-giving, and impossible to overturn.

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