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Debt and gratitude

A Christian Science perspective.

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If you're facing difficult circumstances, you can find great comfort in the Bible's promise that there is a higher power available to turn to. St. Paul's letters in the New Testament glow with hope because he was able to look above and beyond the persecutions and afflictions facing him. His messages about spiritual vision still resonate with people today who exercise their capacity to look at "the things which are not seen" – divine laws of God's love, which are always present.

Paul's second letter to the Corinthians states, "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (4:18).

I once found myself having to look at both the "temporal things" facing me, and at the same time try to stay focused on the "eternal things" that seemed "unseen." As the father of a family of three young children, I sat at my desk one evening getting ready to pay the bills. My income, plus my wife's as a substitute school teacher, didn't look like enough to pay for what they needed to keep the home going.

On the left side of the desk was a neatly organized stack of bills. On the right side were the checkbook, calculator, stamps, and envelopes. I looked at the bills, then at the checkbook. It was obvious that there wasn't enough in the checking account to pay all those bills. For a quiet moment I turned to God for help and guidance and for a way to meet this challenge. I wanted to look at the eternal "things which are not seen." In other words, I needed some spiritual ideas that would give me help and inspiration.

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