How I’m praying for my home country, Brazil

I grew up in Brazil, where rioters recently stormed government buildings in Brasilia, the capital, and turmoil is ongoing.

In responding to this discouraging news, I’ve turned to something that has been a valuable part of my daily life since my early adolescence: prayer. The prayers I’ve found most helpful are based on the Bible—particularly Christ Jesus’ teachings—and the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. 

In one passage, Science and Health explains this statement from the Bible’s book of Isaiah: “I make peace, and create evil” (45:7). This verse may seem confusing, because evil is opposed to peace. And both cannot come from the God who is good, in the same way that we don’t expect apples and oranges to come from the same tree. Eddy’s explanation is illuminating: “. . . the prophet referred to divine law as stirring up the belief in evil to its utmost, when bringing it to the surface and reducing it to its common denominator, nothingness” (p. 540).

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