Redeeming ‘thoughts and prayers’- A Christian Science Perspective from The Christian Science Monitor

An openness to God as infinitely good can lift our “thoughts and prayers” to be more than just words – supporting and inspiring efforts to meet the world’s challenges.

Following recent tragic events such as the shooting in Parkland, Fla., commentary denouncing “thoughts and prayers” has spread through print, visual, and social media. Critics claim that the condolence is used by many as empty words to replace corrective action. And indeed, the phrase certainly shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inaction.

I’ve seen, however, that “thoughts and prayers” can go well beyond simple words. If that “thought” is dedicated to practical solutions, it can support and inspire action that brings tangible progress – especially when there is an openness to the boundless resources of divine intelligence and good. Read more on

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