Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Living on a Fixed Income? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Living on a Fixed Income? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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My apartment is warm, cozy, and safe. There's food in my pantry, and I have a job and regular paycheck.

Yet almost weekly, I hear financial experts on TV claim that many people won't have enough of a nest egg for retirement. That Social Security might not remain solvent. So, as I balance my checkbook, I sometimes catch myself wondering, "Is security for retirement beyond my reach?"

Whenever I'm faced with a problem - something that scares me, or that threatens my community - I turn to God in prayer. And that's how I'm becoming convinced that each of us has a higher source of security than our financial assets. It's our indestructible relationship with God. Regardless of your financial picture, you have a lasting source of provision. It's the one Jesus was referring to when he said, "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matt. 6:20). I like to think of my treasure as my relationship to God as His daughter. Understanding that you are completely cared for by God brings confidence and security. God's outpouring of good isn't limited. Glimpse this fact, and your thought will open to see your Father-Mother's care in very real ways. I've seen God's power to meet my needs - in spite of limited resources. I went through a period when I wasn't physically well enough to hold down a regular job. My only income, from a government program, was very small. Paying rent on one small room left me with little money, even for food. With that fixed income and those fixed costs, there was simply no way to stretch my money any further. Struggling with this lack of means, I began to feel less lovable, less deserving, than other people. Sometimes I even doubted if God really needed me. Nothing could have been further from the truth! In a book I had begun reading, there is a paragraph summed up this way: "Inexhaustible divine Love." The author, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote there: "It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," pg. …

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