Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Outflow and Your Income ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

God's Outflow and Your Income ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Recently, my social security check was a little larger than those of the months before, thanks to a cost of living increase. Then, my condominium assessment arrived, and it, too, was larger than before. Unfortunately, the bill's increase was greater than that in my Social Security.

For those on a fixed income, these situations can be troubling. But I like something Mary Baker Eddy said in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "... to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good." Our supply of good from God is never fixed and minimal.

Financial problems are just as subject to the spiritual laws of healing that Jesus observed as are our physical needs. The entire sentence in which that phrase appears reads, "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" (p. 494).

More than once, Jesus proved God's outpouring of good by feeding thousands when there were few human resources available. And his disciples, noticing the abundance of good that always accompanied Jesus, asked him to teach them how to pray, and he gave them those amazing ideas which are now known as the Lord's Prayer.

Before giving them the prayer, Jesus addressed the question of human needs and God's fulfillment of them, saying, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." And after telling them how to pray, he said, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself" (Matt. 6:8, 34). Other translations indicate that the word thought means "anxiety" or "anxious thought."

As we follow this command to "take no thought" - which is saying, basically, "Not to worry!" - a healing light begins to shine on many troubling questions, such as, Have I saved enough money to retire? …

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