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If you're facing a crisis

A Christian Science perspective.

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The word "crisis" has been popping up every day in the media in connection with the economy. The world seems to be at an economic crossroads, individually and globally.

Although fear and desperation seem to partner in a crisis, the word actually comes from the Greek word meaning "to decide." Prayer to a God whose mercy and tender strength are unchanging and ever-present can help us take a stand fearlessly. We can decide for the goodness and progress that is constantly pouring forth from God.

No matter what the circumstances look like, I am learning that I can pause to pray with my whole heart and ask God to show me what choices to make regarding my harmony and stability. What looks like danger can become a turning point for something better. As we pray, crucial times in life can help us rise to new strength, fortitude, and vision. These qualities come from God, Love, who has created man – meaning men and women – in His image and likeness. The more I understand that divine Love is the victor in every situation, the more clearly I see that under His care, I also am victorious and not a victim, even if the market is in continual flux.

The Bible is full of crisis situations in which individuals triumphed. These were people who seized the moment to feel God's presence, power, and care by putting themselves under God's law, which impels action for good.

Joseph, for example, faced one crisis situation after another. He was sold into slavery and later thrown into prison because of another's indiscretion and deception. Despite what could have been very discouraging conditions, Joseph's trust in God enabled him to rise to these occasions. And people recognized something special in him. As the Bible puts it, Joseph was "a goodly person, and well favoured" (Gen. 39:6). Even when he was in prison, he was put in charge of the other prisoners.

It was evident that Joseph's love for God was unchanging in the midst of adversity. It was a love that identified God as the supreme power. When asked to interpret one of Pharaoh's dreams, he acknowledged, "It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace" (Gen. 41:16).

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