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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.

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