Here’s a poem, originally written in response to a 1998 bombing in the author’s homeland of Northern Ireland, with a message of shelter and assurance in support of those impacted by Hurricane Dorian and other troubles.

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There is here and there, and everywhere,
A refuge;
A house and habitation;
There is a constant calling to each,
Sean, Samuel, Ruth, Mary.

There is here and there, and everywhere,
A shelter;
Not made with hands,
But high among the peaks,
Whispering stillness.

There is here and now, and evermore,
A Mind;
A Love and a gentling;
There is a peace saying,
Be still, I am, I am that peace.

There is here and there, and everywhere,
A goodness;
A life without blemish,
A way of looking on the world,
Undisturbed.

There is here and now, and evermore,
A rest;
Protection from the storm,
Always hid with Christ,
In God, eternally.

Originally published in the June 30, 2003 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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