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A spiritual look at rising grain prices

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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"Overall, in January, consumer food prices were up 4.9 percent in comparison with January 2007. Cereal and baked goods rose 5.5 percent. Some items went up even more: Dairy products increased 12.8 percent and fruits and vegetables 6.1 percent.

"Rising food prices, combined with escalating energy prices and falling home prices, are putting a squeeze on consumers' pocketbooks. A drop in discretionary spending is one reason that economists are increasingly worried about the economy moving into a recession" ("Price of wheat hits record," The Christian Science Monitor Feb. 27).

In a world where hunger is present even in first-world countries, news of rising food prices could seem like yet another example of how hopeless efforts to stop hunger are. And if everything depended on movement of material goods, fixed income or resources, that would be depressing. But there's another side to the story – and that's God's side.

From the very beginning of the Bible, God has provided for His creation – all of it, not just a favored species or a favored few. Over the centuries, and even today, many people have taken this book at its word, and, believing in those promises, have been able to meet their needs, sometimes in unexpected ways. The Bible's accounts provide insights into how to prepare thought to receive God's help and also how to perceive an answer even in the face of daunting conditions.

For instance, a widow had only enough oil and meal left for one last meal for herself and her son, when the prophet Elijah came to her home, asking for food. She explained her situation, but he persisted, promising that if she made him a cake first, there would be more than enough left for her family.

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