Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Youth Unemployment and What We Can Do

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Youth Unemployment and What We Can Do

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A Christian Science perspective: Unemployment issues that concern anyone in the job market are not out of the range of God's infinite capacity and power to bring solutions.

"From Cairo to London to Brooklyn, too many young people are jobless and disaffected," reads the subhead of the "The Youth Unemployment Bomb" (Bloomsberg Businessweek, Feb. 2). And the malaise is rising in Africa, China, and Japan. Living part of the year in Spain, I've felt this issue right at my front door, with 40 percent of Spain's youth out of work.

Southern Europe is being hit particularly hard. Young people are increasingly offered unpaid or low-paying internships, traineeships, or temporary contracts that don't offer benefits or protection. Some are migrating to Northern Europe, while others are returning to their childhood bedrooms, wondering whether they will ever be able to afford to move out. Many are abandoning the job market altogether, believing there are no more opportunities and no place for them in society.

It really hit home when a young Spanish friend of ours told me of her discouragement after being laid off six months ago and unable to find work anywhere. My young friend's situation alerted me to pray to feel more firmly and consistently that God is always providing for the needs of everyone.

Prayer helps us look through a better lens than those of statistics, economic fluctuations, or political roadblocks. A spiritual perspective reveals God as our Father-Mother, Love - the only Creator. Looking through this lens shows that because God creates only good, opportunity for good is the constant condition of His creation, for each of us, regardless of age. No door to a permanent sense of our worth, which includes satisfying and contributing work, can be closed. This fact can become clearer through a deeper understanding of God as the only and ever- available source of whatever good comes to our lives.

According to Christian Science, Jesus understood his indestructible oneness with God with such absolute conviction that he personified perfectly the Christ, his divine nature in the image and likeness of God. …

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