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A seed grows in Harlem

Want to help your community? Prayer is a good foundation for action

From the June 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"When you pray to God," says community activist Marjorie Moore, "get your shovel ready. Because there's always something to do." Clearly there's always been something for Moore to do, given her work with African Americans in New York City. This includes efforts to control pollution, prevent lead poisoning in young children, and build a library to house the largest collection of black historical documents in the world.

Moore advocates prayer as the best approach to solving any problem, but her view of prayer is active, not passive. "I've never prayed and then sat back and said, 'Aaah. There's nothing more to do,' " Moore explains. "Some people may do that. But it hasn't been my path. My path is to pray and then listen. Because divine direction is going to be given."

That's not to say that Moore advocates a run-out-and-fix-it approach—at least not without listening for that all-important guidance first.

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