When I think about some of the world’s largest problems including war-torn hot spots, I am tempted to be overwhelmed. The underlying problems seem so enormous and they have gone on for so long with cycles of violence and revenge that a solution or resolution seems impossible. Even knowing where or how to begin seems beyond reach.
As a child and a young adult although I felt safe in a loving and protective family situation, there was one area of great concern to me which felt totally overwhelming. My parents, especially my dad, were collectors of everything imaginable. His thought was grounded in his experience of coming out of school during the Great Depression. He believed that having things was of great advantage in case you need them, especially if they came to you on sale or from a local retail store dumpster or from things that other people have thrown away that were still useable.
I would like to point you to this post in James Early’s blog “The Bible Speaks to You” He tells of how he was healed of fear and hatred, but more importantly, he experienced a sense of love he had never felt before.
I would like to point you to Dave Hohle’s blog post titled: “Spiritual Diplomacy.” He states: “We can all contribute PRAYERFULLY to harmonious international relations!” His post outlines other specific prayerful and practical steps we each can take to see peace come to the world step by step.
As we look at Libya today, we witness a dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, trying to survive using cruel and unprincipled tactics including intimidation and murder of his own people. Yet we know that right now God is governing his creation absolutely and that his government is totally good. How do we distinguish what we know to be true in the spiritual domain with what is happening on the human scene?
I’m overjoyed with the events that have taken place in Tahrir Square in Cairo and throughout Egypt. With Mubarak agreeing to step down, the voice of the people calling for freedom and dignity has been heard. I am glad to see that these weeks of public demonstrations and calls for the resignation of Mubarak did not culminate in widespread violence. I am even tempted to call this the Velvet Revolution II. (See post dated, February 7, 2011) I am comforted to know that the spirit that was alive in what is now the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1989 is alive today in Egypt.
When Joseph, a young Hebrew man, interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream many centuries ago, he was given a leadership position in Egypt as they prepared for seven years of famine. (Genesis 41) He was given authority to administer the preparations and was able to store enough food not only to feed the Egyptians, but those in surrounding countries as well including his family. What happened in Egypt over the last several weeks can also be a model and provide inspiration for others as they deal with similar situations: thus expanding the good.
I yearn for peace in the world today and to know how to make a difference. Yet there are times when we must take a firm stand for what is right. You may feel the same. I had a series of experiences which led me to understand that there are things that I can do.
As a young man in school, I learned that the country (now Czech Republic and Slovakia), where my grandfather was born, was being overrun by a powerful and oppressive outside regime. My first thought was to leave school, travel to that country and become part of the resistance movement. At that time I decided to continue with my schooling in part due to the thought that it wouldn’t make a difference.
About 20 years later I visited this country with an aunt which was still under the rule of the oppressive regime. By that time I had begun to understand that there are spiritual laws governing the universe and I was attempting to learn more about these laws and how they operate. I was struck by one statement by Mary Baker Eddy in her publication The First Church of Christ Scientist and Miscellany where she states, “The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue – Thou shalt have no other gods before me, — obeyed, is sufficient to still all strife” (279:11-13). I was looking for peace in this situation and stilling all strife fit this goal perfectly.
Not long ago while shopping in the supermarket, I was wrestling to understand the meaning and reason for a situation that have occurred. In desperation I asked God or divine Mind to show me what I needed to understand. Immediately my eyes fell upon a $5 bill that had been dropped. I picked it up and looked around for anyone who looked like they were missing something. I asked a number of people in the aisles whether it belonged to them. Everyone said, “No.”
Then I walked up to the front of the store where the checkout registers were and in front of the registers and asked, “Has anyone lost this $5 bill?” Immediately everyone in line pointed to a man in another line and said, “He did.” When I walked up to him, he was dressed quite slovenly and his smile revealed a lack of dental care. If I had seen his in an aisle, I could easily have tip-toed past him as far to the side as possible.
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