A deadly shooting spree and bombing in Norway has that nation grieving and the world in a state of horror and disbelief. It has been reported that this level of devastation has not been seen in that peaceful country since World War II.
How does the nation heal and how can we get our arms around such a perplexing act committed against innocent people? It isn’t easy, but it begins with Love, divine Love, as everything must. We can turn away from the disturbing news and look to God Who is infinite Love, and so claim that powerful standpoint from which to help ourselves and all. By doing so, we lay claim as well to that great peace that God (Truth and Life) brings and so we can become part of the healing solution rather than joining the masses who are mesmerized by the appearance of devastation, death, anger, and fear.
Through divine Love’s generous comfort and inspiration, we can become active in our compassion, rather than stand still and hypnotized. We can acknowledge that the peace and goodness that has been expressed by the Norwegian people over the years can’t be shattered by one man’s misguided ignorance. Instead, intelligence, calm, and that enduring strength that comes of God, not of human bravery, can ease the pain and calm the doubt and worry. The nation and its people can sustain naturally that inherent peace, poise, and strength that they have evidenced historically. Mary Baker Eddy reminds us in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures that:
“Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal. We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death. We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness.” (page 563: 1-7)
Standing “aghast” at evil never brings healing, but only joins hands with pain, anger, and a sort of paralysis. It fuels the error rather than dousing its flames. Isn’t it more constructive to allow God’s wisdom and Love to lead us each individually to assurances, inspiration, and comfort that can shore us up and energize us to more sufficiently help others find healing and renewal as well?
I am comforted by knowing, too, that this promise from Revelation is here for Norway today:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Laura Moliter is a Christian Science practitioner, writer, and singer-songwriter living in Austin, TX