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What are we expecting?

From the July 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Watching the nightly news is sobering. TV close-ups of active war zones, reports of random terrorist attacks, threats of nuclear war, and predictions of more violence are heart-wrenching. Can we ever expect peace in the world? Yes! The expectation of peace makes peace a possibility. Expectation promotes expression, and to this end we can learn a lot about the effect of thought upon experience when we study the Bible.

The good news of the Bible is that there is a divine solution for every human condition, even war. The divine Love that is God is the ever-present reality of being, just waiting to be consciously recognized, embraced, and expressed as peace. But to make peace a reality in our human experience, at home and abroad, we must claim its divine ever-presence through prayer.

Prayer is more than positive thinking based on naive hopes about peace. Prayer is listening for the holy, peace-filled thoughts that resound in the all of infinite Mind, God. When we pray, we are no less than global participants in the recognition of man’s unity with God and the brotherhood of man. Thoughts aligned with God are uplifted to expectations of universal good. Consciously lifting thought out of the expectation of conflict, while working continually for peace, can bring war to an end. Spiritually molded and elevated thought produces unity in human affairs—a peaceful outcome that can change the world.

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