Our prayer makes a difference to those who need to forgive

In an introduction to a special edition of The Christian Science Monitor Daily, Editor Mark Sappenfield mentioned "the beauty of a heart that refuses to close, despite the deepest wounds the world can make." Here are some poignant examples from the Monitor and the Christian Science Sentinel of people with open hearts making their way through especially difficult times—and finding hope, and even healing.

Two mothers, a son’s death, and the struggle for forgiveness

Two mothers, a son’s death, and the struggle for forgiveness

Giselle Mörch realized how much the concept of forgiveness had always been an abstraction for her. But now, confronted with the call to forgive in a way she could never have imagined, it has become something more wrenching and tumultuous, she says.

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Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: ... For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will surely appear sometime and in some way. There will be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away.

Protection from a violent attack—and forgiveness

Protection from a violent attack—and forgiveness

After experiencing divine protection from a violent attack, this woman was able to forgive her attacker. But there was something more to be done....

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Refuse to hate—yield to Love

Refuse to hate—yield to Love

Whether it’s extremist hate groups or the anger of a neighbor, hatred can seem like an insurmountable wall. However, we can refuse to meet hate with hate.

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