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HUMAN ingenuity so often seems the panacea for almost every ill -- except when it comes to nature, when it comes to a drought. In the middle of acres of withering green corn and beneath cloudless blue skies, farmers understandably feel they are fighting a battle with forces beyond their control. The hugeness of a drought -- or any so-called natural disaster -- can so easily provoke feelings of frustration and helplessness, even as it forces us to look at how much we depend on technology and on human invention to meet our needs. But the best help is not far off. It is not in some future invention or distant technology. Not in manipulating the clouds or the earth or finding out more about the weather. It is at hand in the simple but all-important spiritual fact of God's nature as the one true creator.

Droughts aren't new. They've been around since the beginning of recorded history. But they haven't been around since the beginning.

The Scriptural record reports that ``in the beginning'' God created the earth and commanded it to bring forth plants and trees and to yield seeds and fruit, ``and it was so.'' He also created ``cattle, and creeping thing,'' we're told, and ``God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.''1 No parched ground. No stunted crops. No malnourished livestock. All was well; all was good. All creation was and is dependent on God alone for life and health.

Christian Science, in line with the inspired spiritual teachings of the Bible, begins with God in order to understand the universe in all its glory, beauty, perfection, and vastness, including man, God's spiritual likeness. God, Spirit, is the one infinite cause; therefore His creation is purely spiritual. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy,2 explains this point: ``Creation rests on a spiritual basis. We lose our standard of perfection and set aside the proper conception of Deity, when we admit that the perfect is the author of aught that can become imperfect, that God bestows the power to sin, or that Truth confers the ability to err.''3

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