Debt – Love's way out
A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
Last year, credit-card debt in the US reached $937 billion, according to The Institute for American Values report, "For a New Thrift: Confronting the Debt Culture" (The New York Times, David Brooks, "The Great Seduction," June 10, 2008).
When people pray to God to find answers to debt problems, God's tender care and gentle guidance are at hand. Many have found insight into this divine care in the book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this newspaper. Science and Health helps explain many Bible passages, including this line from the Lord's Prayer: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matt. 6:12). Mrs. Eddy interpreted that line in this way: "And Love is reflected in love" (p. 17).
Praying with these lines isn't a superficial petitioning to God to make debt go away. Instead, it's opening one's heart to understand Love's presence and power and supreme peace. This wipes out the fear, worry, and limited thinking that close the door to Love's infinite possibilities for good. Starting with a clearer sense of God as unfailing Love, we can pray to feel more deeply that Love is right here with each of us, no matter how difficult the situation. Love, God, is abundantly supplying us with courage and strength.
Because man, the universal term that includes both men and women, is created in Love's own likeness, we can pray to feel the fullness of God's love at the center of our existence. Being the image of Love means being without burden, resentment, threat, or guilt. Praying to live from the spiritual standpoint of Love's own likeness is fulfilling our first obligation as God's children.