Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Debt Paid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Debt Paid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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NOT too many years ago our family was struggling with a financial problem. We had sold a house with some orchard property to a family. Subsequent events made us wonder if we had been rash in the decision to carry the contract ourselves. Annual payments were made for quite a few years. Then they ceased, just at the time when we had started a new adventure, farming. We were planning on using the regular payments for improvements on the new place, but the lack of funds stopped that. I began to feel cheated.

Although we certainly had a legal avenue for demanding compensation, I wanted something more, and not of a financial nature. The mistrust of others I'd begun to have was not going to disappear with monetary gain. I wanted healing, a regenerated view of myself and my fellowman, including the buyers.

Study of the Bible encouraged me to understand God as the source of everything worth having and lasting. This all-knowing God, the Parent of us all, was always supplying our and everyone's urgent and less-than-urgent needs. After all, He is not only all-just but all-wise and all-loving-the Giver of all good. When I understood God to be Spirit, it could only follow that our supply must be spiritual.

This at first seemed altogether too abstract. Could the utilization of spiritual ideas-like unselfishness, forgiveness, patience, expectancy of good-bring a tangible result? Could they help with our farm?

Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, writes, "In the Science of Christianity, Mind-omnipotence-has all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy" (p. 203). Righteousness is an indication of spirituality. The approach to true mental home improvement! It is right to be honest, forgiving, and patient. Therefore the living of these qualities must bring "sure rewards."

First, I noticed that it became more fun to work together as a family. Then a kindness welled up in us that expanded to our neighbors. Expressing generosity to others was a help in my attempt to forgive the "debtor" family. …

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