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Never without employment

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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The Monitor article "Best US factory jobs in rising jeopardy," with the subhead "As productivity abroad rises, US manufacturing is competing by trimming workers and wages" (Feb. 15) explains that recent employment cuts have added many workers to the unemployment lists and subjected thousands to look for new jobs.

Some people have found a spiritual outlook helpful when they are without a job. Looked at spiritually, every one of us, children included, is rightly employed. Our employment is to express God's qualities – love, intelligence, strength, patience, and goodness. Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, wrote, "If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless, – no Father" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy," p. 306).

While Mrs. Eddy expressed profound spiritual understanding, as the above statement reveals, she always related these fundamental truths to humanity's needs. This newspaper results from her love for people and desire for their thoughts and lives to be uplifted.

Here's an example of an individual who made spiritual truth practical in his life. He had been unemployed for some time and found help through talking with a Christian Science practitioner. The practitioner told him that his true nature was to express good. She also told him that he could always be active in doing something good and helpful to others, even if it involved nothing more mentally demanding than sweeping the sidewalk. This highly trained man did just that, rejoicing with each sweep of the broom that he was employed in doing good. He had a job offer by week's end.


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