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Love-empowered hope

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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In "the new economy blog" published on CSMonitor.com on Inauguration Day, the author asked: "Obama speech: Can hope trump deflation?" And he commented that hope "is often overlooked as a powerful lever for a foundering nation, maybe because it's so difficult to measure." He added, "... it is hard for money men and women to figure out how to engender hope when the numbers are so gloomy" (Jan. 20)

There's a way to pierce this gloom and set hope free. The Psalmist described it beautifully in these words: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.... the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life" (42:5, 8).

This isn't just hope for the good times, as in "I hope we get a good parking space." This is hope that even in the darkness, the divine light will actually sing to those in need. This hope isn't placed in material things like stock markets, paychecks, or even a government bailout. Each of those things is finite – and suggests that some of us will have them and some won't. But hope that rests in God, in divine Love, provides a wholly different context for life.

This context is spiritual and requires us to see ourselves in spiritual terms. Truly we are children of the divine Father who loves each of His children and wants only what is best for them. God is not changeable or punishing, but is divine Principle whose purpose is to purify those who have done wrong and to protect those who are innocent. In both cases, the result is a blessing.

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