Our prayer makes a difference to supporting good works

Read 2 stories from The Christian Science Monitor's regular feature, People Making a Difference, to see how one person's devotion to doing good changes communities for the better. And then follow up by reading some ways peoples' prayers are supporting the kind of good that changes lives forever.

How one man is fighting graffiti in his town

How one man is fighting graffiti in his town

Alan Erickson keeps supplies in his truck so he can remove graffiti as soon as he sees it when he’s out. He encourages others to join the fight, saying a relatively small time commitment would make a big difference.

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A father starts 'The Kindness Challenge' to honor his late son's compassion

A father starts 'The Kindness Challenge' to honor his late son's compassion

Dennis Vassallo launched a Facebook page to share stories of kindness and urge people to do good deeds. Some say the page, which has attracted 44,000-plus followers, has inspired them to spend more time helping others.

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Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.

Alert to opportunities to heal

Alert to opportunities to heal

How do you respond to world issues or a neighbor's cry for help? Do you see them as opportunities for healing?

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‘Our salvation is in Love’

‘Our salvation is in Love’

Dealing with conflict?  There's an answer in following the 2 great commandments.

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Retirees’ secret to happiness? Giving back

Retirees’ secret to happiness? Giving back

What brings satisfaction to retirees? Some say it's connections—to family, friends, and to some wider community. 

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