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THOUGHT for the DAY.

AS THE Copenhagen Summit gets under way, it's timely to ponder the importance of faith and prayer in relation to the environment. Whether or not we accept global warming is caused by human behaviour, it's clear that we are damaging the environment through wasteful, greedy and selfish actions. This is counter to the teaching of all faiths, that the Divine commands us to care for the world around us. "Loving our neighbour as ourselves" isn't an option. God is showing us kindness, mercy and protection, and we have a duty to express these qualities in turn - to the entire natural creation.

In the Bible, oil is treated quite differently from the commodity we are currently consuming. It symbolises purification, holy purpose, healing and joy. Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, found these Biblical meanings for oil: "Consecration, charity, gentleness, prayer, heavenly inspiration". Divinely sourced, these qualities can never run out, and they are on tap for everyone, including our policy makers, to draw upon in finding solutions for our world right now.

Irene Hall, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Merseyside
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 9, 2009
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