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Stability in the divine economy

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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The collapse of Lehman Brothers, a major investment bank, has had a global financial impact, since many of the company's employees work outside the United States. In London, for example, there are 4,000 employees. And other aspects of the financial crisis in the US are also affecting the global village. What happens in one place can often touch the other side of the globe, sometimes very directly, and these events impel many of us to pray.

Times of economic hardship often require us to find proof of a higher view of income and security. And we can find a safe place of stability when we turn to the divine law of Love, which is constant, safe, and reliable. Jesus taught about this law in many different ways during his ministry, especially through parables.

His parable about "talents" that a nobleman gave to his servants while he went away on a journey is a lesson in economics (see Matt. 25:14-29). In his absence, two of his servants increased the money they were given, and they were rewarded. But the third servant just buried the one talent because he wanted to keep it safe. This man was reprimanded for doing nothing with his talent.

The "talent" of Jesus' time was a monetary unit of high value. But the parable has also become known as providing a lesson in using, instead of hiding, one's gifts or talents. It teaches us that we are expected to profit, prosper, and benefit from our resources and to put them to practical use. This parable is a promise that everyone is given talents, and we are to use them to do good. These gifts will also bring us income as we wisely invest our spiritual resources.

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