This piece was published in today’s Alton Telegraph.
For many people today, the phrase, “Sending thoughts and prayers,” has become a meaningless cliché, but Christian Scientists’ annual meeting this week offered the view that it doesn’t have to be that way.
“Members throughout the world gathered in Boston or streamed it online to hear this year’s messages,” said Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, with the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois.
Church members gathered Monday at the denomination’s First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, as well as via live video streaming around the world, to hear and share experiences that showed how powerful prayer rooted in love can be in people’s lives — and the progress and healing this can bring in a troubled world, Mitchinson explained to The Telegraph. Christian Scientists say that churches are a “place of light.”