Twentieth century Christian, Mary Baker Eddy, once gave her response to the aggressive, destructive mentality, the evil or error that seeks to betray innocence and massacre life. She wrote, "I will love, if another hates. I will gain a balance on the side of good, my true being. This alone gives me the forces of God wherewith to overcome all error." (Miscellaneous Writings, 104)
As we wrap the wide, strong arms of prayer around the victims in Charleston - and of massacres, suicide bombings and violent conflicts occurring worldwide - we should remember two things:
- First, the kingdom of heaven, the universal reign of harmony on earth, has been and is forcefully advancing, no matter how aggressive the resistance to it may be.
- Second, the most effective response to hatred in any form is pure love.
Don't miss a single opportunity to love, no matter how small. Each individual expression - in thought and act - of love brings the forces of God's love into focus and reveals more of the kingdom of heaven on earth. Love erases the effects of hate and comforts those that mourn until they have nothing to mourn.
Every link in this post takes you to an idea to lift you from reaction, grief and anger, freeing you to engage in healing prayer. Your prayers are so effective. Your love is so needed.
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