Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cast Your Care on God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cast Your Care on God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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It is important for us all to feel cared for. But neglect and indifference are apparent in so many lives-those of the homeless, the destitute, and the lonely; the elderly, sometimes sick and forgotten; abused and neglected children. Just to begin to help people like these stretches human resources beyond their capacity.

There's a kind of caring, however, that is ever present and without limit. The source of such total care is found only in God. God is Love. This Love is infinite and all-powerful. It is subject to neither the ups and downs of human circumstances nor the limitations of material resources. There is never a moment when God's love is not available to care for us, and this promise includes you.

The Scriptures verify the power of God. The book of Exodus shows how the children of Israel were cared for during years of wandering in the wilderness. They were provided with food and water in the desert. There are many examples of how Christ Jesus demonstrated the availability of God to care for all human needs. In one instance he turned to God to feed five thousand people when only five loaves of bread and two fish were at hand. And they were fed; the food was multiplied (see Matthew 14:14-21). Jesus' knowledge of God as a loving Father allowed for no doubt that everyone would be provided for. This acknowledgment of God as our Father, along with trust that our relationship with Him is secure, is key to understanding God's ever-present care for us. It removes the doubt and fear that limit us. We have a definite role to play in recognizing this union with God. The Bible speaks of "casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (I Peter 5:7). I once had no alternative but to cast my care on God. I was living in another country and found myself both without employment and in need of accommodation. I felt very alone and desperate. There was no one I could turn to for help. One day after a long search for a job, I realized that the fear of being destitute was overwhelming me. …

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