Prayer is effective, the world needs it
To the editor,
There is a sense of oneness and wholeness one feels when people come together from around the world in devotion to God.
At the annual meeting of the First Church of Christ Scientist that I attended in Boston on June 3, we opened by singing the hymn "We Gather Together." The hymn includes the words, "in love for our neighbor." This was a joyous reminder that there is no divisiveness in God's world and no one is left out.
Boston is the world headquarters for the Christian Science Church, which was founded by Mary Baker Eddy — a native of New Hampshire.
Meetings like this one have been held in the Boston church for well over 100 years. At this year's meeting, the 2019 Church President Fabian Samara, from Argentina, was announced, as well as new Readers from Nigeria and Idaho, who will conduct the services in Boston for a three-year term.
Healings were shared, which prove the “reliability of practical Christian healing.” A former military pilot told of his healing of pancreatic cancer which was confirmed by Veterans Administration doctors.
I appreciated the theme of the meeting from II Corinthians 1, "that we may be able." It reminds me that with strength from God we can meet our individual and collective challenges.
Prayer is effective and the world needs it!
White House staff seems out of control
To the edtor,
A White House staffer, who works for President Donald Trump, sent a message to the Navy in the Pacific to "minimize the visibility of the U.S.S. John S. McCain " during Trump's visit to Japan. This constitutes interference in naval operations.
The U.S.S. John S. McCain's crew was not invited to events on the U.S.S. Wasp, at one point a tarp was seen obscuring the U.S.S. John S. McCain's name, and at another point a barge blocked the name of the ship.
The ship was originally named after Senator McCain's father and grandfather, both past admirals in the U.S. Navy. I am sure crew members are proud of their ship, but have to be dismayed at the request from the White House, and Trump's constant criticism of the late Sen. John McCain.
It appears White House staff members are assuming authority they do not have in military matters. This is scary. Could White House staffers send communications to military commanders who are engaged in military operations around the world?
Trump's White House is out of control.
As a former Navy enlisted man and naval officer, I do not appreciate White House know-nothing landlubbers ordering ships around.