Hope lights London’s way

As government officials and police battle to halt the rioting sweeping the capital many Londoners are taking practical and spiritual steps to make a difference.

As evidenced by today’s Twitter trending hashtags #riotcleanup  and  #prayforlondon, a welcome sense of community spirit has stepped in with residents sweeping up the debris and openly praying for an end to the chaos.

There is already widespread media discussion, not only about how to end the crisis, but how to deal with the social problems that commentators say undoubtedly lie beneath it. One academic interviewed by the BBC condemned the extensive rioting but said the behaviour of those taking part was nevertheless “a cry from the voiceless”.

While the hard-hitting headlines and even more dramatic pictures broadcast around the world suggest a city in crisis, the practical and prayerful responses of the many Londoners who care about their communities tell a different story.  It not only reveals real reason for hope but raises the question: “What is the underlying spiritual direction of society?”

In her writings, the spirituality author and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy says: “The broadcast powers of evil so conspicuous to-day show themselves in the materialism and sensualism of the age, struggling against the advancing spiritual era.”

The looting and wanton damage of the past nights has shown how ready materialism and sensualism are to step in when the healing influence of spirituality is allowed to take a back seat.

Fortunately, if the spiritual era is advancing, then it is doing so for all, even for the rioters. Spirituality can free all of us from the self-indulgence that tempts.  What is happening illustrates violence is not just an issue of crime or social injustice, central though these are. It actually takes the cover off the underlying resistance to spiritual progress. Reversing this could be key to healing in these communities.


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Categories: Prayer for Healing

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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One Comment on “Hope lights London’s way”

  1. Violette Talbot
    August 10, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Nice article ; Mrs Eddy says the “rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood; all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.
    Thank you Tony!

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