Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Roller Coaster of Unemployment

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Roller Coaster of Unemployment

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A Christian Science perspective: If you're not sure where the money will come from to pay the bills, prayer can open the way to a solution.

Just after I had my third child, my husband suddenly lost his job. He was let go with a few weeks of severance pay, but we weren't sure where his next job or paycheck would come from. Besides our concern about how we'd pay our bills and feed our family, we were - like so many Americans - stuck in a mortgage that we'd had no business getting in the first place. The fear of not having enough income reminded me of a steep run down a roller coaster where we couldn't see the bottom, let alone how to get back up.

During that time, this statement by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, comforted me: "Trials are proofs of God's care" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 66). I used to think that that meant God would send us trials, or hardships, and then He would help us get out of the problems. I've learned since that the trials we experience come about because we forget that God never sends misfortune to any of us, His children. God knows only harmony, and this is what we are meant to know also. Prayer enables us to restore our consciousness that, as His sons and daughters, we are always innocent and good.

So the trial we were facing wasn't God sitting in judgment on us. Neither were the lack of a job and the fear of not having enough income to feed our family and to keep our house a punishment. Rather, the trial was actually an opportunity to prove God's care for us and to learn that we would have everything we needed from Him, even if it did come in a somewhat different form.

While my husband was unemployed, we continued to pray and trust that God would provide the right employment for our family. One of the Bible passages I worked with was "Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things" (Mal. 3:10, Good News Translation). …

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