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The economy – how prayer resuscitates

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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ALL EYES ARE ON the US financial system. In one report on National Public Radio, "Is the economic sky falling?" Chris Arnold called this a "tipping point moment" and explained that credit – between banks and then individuals – is "like oxygen to the economy" (Sept. 30). Without this vital exchange, everyone is left gasping for air. Some on Wall Street have even said the US economy has undergone "a near-death experience."

Even as experts debate how to revive the economy – and see their way into the future – spiritual thinkers focus on a prayerful antidote. A starting point for prayer is to understand what gives life and what revives our understanding of it. Jesus was clear throughout his life that nothing material has the power to originate life; only God holds that power. God, as Life itself, would never create an opposite expression, death. Life is not dependent on physical structures for stability or endurance. Jesus proved the practicality of understanding this fact when he healed people, raised the dying to life, and ultimately proved the law of immortality with his own resurrection.

But death doesn't arise only in relation to the human body. It appears to take hold in the bodies we call governments, financial systems, businesses, households, churches. In defiance of what appears to be faltering, prayer breathes new life into these entities and serves as powerful proof that death is never the final answer. Life ever present, even when everything argues against it. Our job is to demand to see evidence of divine Life, not the frenzy of fear, shattered confidence, or confusion. Divine Life understood provides peace, conviction (not willfulness), and intelligent action. This is also true for those rightfully concerned about their livelihood – from keeping their jobs and feeding their families to planning their retirement. Divine Life cares for all, however high or low on the economic ladder.

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