Unemployment? Failing business?Many of us have felt the pinch of tough economic times, even to the point of desperation. My colleague, Wendy Margolese, writing for the December 28, 2017 edition of The Christian Science Monitor, shares a personal experience of business failure that left her virtually penniless. She didn’t stay in the valley of despair, however. What made the difference? Praying with The Lord’s Prayer. Get some inspiration for your personal economy or that of your loved ones. Read on. Here’s Wendy:
In the economic downturn of 2008-09, our family business of many generations was forced to close its doors. This left me not only feeling great loss, but unemployed. I had invested most of my personal savings into trying to save the company and was virtually penniless.
Although the future seemed bleak indeed, like many others I have found that moments in quietness and contemplation of God can bring renewal and healing. So I humbly turned to prayer.
Centuries ago, Christ Jesus spoke of the importance of creating this quiet space by entering into our “closet” (see Matthew 6:6). I understand this to be a mental state that shuts out the jumble of “what-ifs” and worries.
I really needed that closet! Clamoring fears were trying to make me feel I was outside God’s love and care. The Lord’s Prayer came immediately to thought, and one line in particular stood out: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, gives a spiritual interpretation of this line: “Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 17). I wanted desperately to see more clearly that God, our loving Father-Mother, was caring for me – feeding me with infinite love, as it were – and would supply my need.
I humbly prayed with this beloved prayer. Yes, I wanted assurance that I would have the day-to-day necessities of life. But even more urgently, I wanted to know more of God’s grace, to better understand and feel His ever-present goodness….