Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bankruptcy Averted

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Bankruptcy Averted

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A family business was humming along comfortably from one day to the next. A husband and wife had started it with minimal resources, but it was growing rapidly. Things looked good until, quite unexpectedly, they suffered a huge loss when a warehouse mishandled their product. It was no longer salable or even usable.

They were deep in debt, and there seemed no way out. In fact, some expected them to file for bankruptcy. But the two owners prayed earnestly for God's guidance. Prayer had led them to start this business in the first place, and they were certain that God wouldn't lead them to an enterprise that was doomed to fail.

One day, when the outlook seemed especially dark, one of them called a friend for help in prayer. The friend quoted the scripture, "The Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save" (Isa. 59:1), and then asked if the woman believed that. There was a brief mental whirlwind as she weighed all her troubles in light of how well God had always met her needs in the past. And she answered, Yes! God could save their business, just as He has helped others down through the ages.

From then on, she worked fearlessly, going to the office in the quiet of the night, checking the day's receipts and praying to know which bills to pay. This passage in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, became an essential part of her business plan: "Whatever needs to be done that cannot be done now, God prepares the way for doing; while that which can be done now, but is not, increases our indebtedness to God. Faith in divine Love supplies the ever-present help and now, and gives the power to 'act in the living present' " ("The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," p. 12).

Mentally, she would put all the bills that couldn't be paid into an "out" box with God's name on it. She would leave them to God's care and wisdom while she took care of the few bills that could be paid.

Occasionally, an obstacle would appear, making it seem as though nothing could be done. …

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