Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Ends Meet at Their Source

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

When Ends Meet at Their Source

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When we talked about personal finance, my father-in-law used to chuckle ruefully and say that every time he'd just about managed to make ends meet, they moved! For many of us, the economic necessities of caring for our families, managing car and house payments, and satisfying those all-too-seductive credit cards can be a burden.

Most people I know aren't CEOs or film stars with lavish lifestyles and huge salaries. We're all hard at work, sometimes just surviving from paycheck to paycheck. One commentary discussed the increasing pressures on the middle class and worried about the growing disparity between the extremes of wealth and poverty in the United States. In terms of purchasing power some families have fallen from where they were 20 years ago and are in danger of dropping into poverty.

I've found it useful to remember that God, our Father-Mother, has always been and always will be the source of good. We're the offspring of this Source, God's image and likeness, so we must reflect Godlike qualities in our daily lives. God isn't like a large turtle that lays lots of eggs and then trundles off, leaving her offspring to hatch, scramble, and fend for themselves in a cruel and uncaring world. He cares for us, and we can perceive this care acting in our lives.

Jesus showed God's capacity to care in two instances of feeding multitudes with what appeared to be enough food for just a few people. After giving thanks, Jesus told his disciples to distribute the food, and there was more than enough for all. Both of these instances appear in three of the four Gospels, so they must have been riveting experiences for his followers.

Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, - Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 206). Prayer that takes us deep into Spirit and our spiritual resources, can break the dream that we're tied down by a too-small paycheck. …

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