Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hearts breaking for India

My heart hurts for India this morning…. Such an amazing country, so vital to humanity’s future. The Times of India’s Readerspeak: Wishes for Mumbai has messages of love and support from around the world, go there to add your own.

Here is one message that touched me:

I was horrified when I got the news that Mumbai had 7 bomb explosions. All kinds of thoughts ran across my mind for my family, but thank God that all my loved ones are safe, but my condolences and prayers are with all the victims and their families of this inhuman terrorist act. May God give them strength. I hope that even if one of the terrorist is even looking at the news or reading it, he realizes and thinks that what has happened to others due to his evil act could also happen to him and his loved ones. Why so much violence and hatred? All I can say that an answer to hatred is love and not hatred. God bless us all with your divinity.

Urvashi Patel
USA

I love what Urvashi is hinting at—that the terrorists must, somewhere, down deep, have a conscience. That as individuals, they have families they value. Today my prayers will unite with Urvashi’s in hoping that some spiritual spark with speak to the evildoers and make them want to do good, not evil.

Here’s something else I wrote a while back, I hope it’s still helpful.

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I remember the first time I felt overwhelmed [by tragic events]. It was after the Oklahoma City bombings, where so many children were taken from us. I was channel surfing one night, and came on a station that was airing, with mournful music playing, each of the faces of the victims. A new one would come on every few seconds, beautiful pictures of innocent happy faces, now lost to us. My anguish gathered momentum, and I found myself weeping.

What had happened to these people? I prayed. Where are they now? Do they miss us? Are they sad? Are they scared? How can I help them?

I had to turn to the great heart of Love for the answer. The Love that fills all space, that fills every moment. And in truth those dear ones had always been in the embrace of Love. This Love knows no violence, no evil intent. This Love is secure unto itself.

I began to think of the children as having been catapulted right into the arms of Love. I pictured them seeing hearing feeling only Love, holding them up and comforting them. In fact, they had always been there, and I prayed that now they could feel it, wherever they were.

And I prayed for the families, that they too would feel that Love. I know there was so much love poured out toward them from their communities and our country, and this is an expression of the everpresence of infinite Love. We can live Love to each other with our prayers and caring.

I sent forth this prayer of Love, striving to envelop all of that city with its overarching embrace. It's the same prayer I sent forth at 9/11, at Bali, at Madrid, at London, at the tsunamis. It’s the prayer I cling to whenever I hear of mass tragedies -- the prayer that Love went before, is there during, and remains after whatever moments of destruction appear to bring.

The destruction is not the final word -- Love is.

Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee.

--Mary Baker Eddy


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2 Comments:

At 7/12/2006 06:20:00 PM, Anonymous Rev. Veronika said...

Mortal mind is the tempter in every instance, not only that the so called terrorist believes that his action is for good but that we, the viewer, are tempted to belief that horror is real. The Truth stays unchanged - that God is Love and that all of His creation reflect this Love. I need to put this into practice, never mind what is before the eye. The spiritual eye c a n see God's infinite law of Love in action.
“No evidence before the material senses can close my eyes to the scientific proof that God, good, is supreme.” (Mary Baker Eddy)

 
At 7/13/2006 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Kim said...

thanks for this Laura

 

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