The continued news coverage and political commentary about the “fiscal cliff” facing the United States can stir up anxiety, anger, and other strong emotions, unless a person defends himself or herself with spiritual truths about the divine economy.
The “fiscal cliff” is the term given to describe the federal budgetary and economic consequences that will begin to take effect in January 2013 if Congress does not pass tax and budget bills by the end of the calendar year. Should legislation not pass by the deadline, massive budget cuts and increased taxes will take effect as a means to reduce the federal deficit by $560 billion over 10 years. While deficit reduction might sound positive, such drastic cuts and tax increases could have dire consequences, according to politicians and financial analysts. Individuals could pay thousands more a year in increased taxes and a recession could occur if there is less money available to spend on goods and services. Experts also predict that unemployment could increase and that financial markets could take a significant hit.
The situation presents an opportunity to explore spiritual concepts of financial and economic stability. How can a person pray to remain calm, even optimistic?
It can help to re-read some of the many Scriptural passages and parables that point to God’s constant and loving care of those who choose to follow His teachings and seek an ongoing relationship with Him. Providing manna for Moses and his fellow Hebrews after they fled slavery in Egypt, leading Hagar and her son to a well of water after they had been forced into the desert, sending ravens to provide food for Elijah during a drought, Jesus’s feeding of the mass of 5,000 men, plus women and children, when having only a few fish and loaves of bread—these all indicate that remarkable outcomes can be realized, healing solutions that human reasoning would deem impossible, when people are willing to pray to receive and follow God’s instruction.
Even in modern times, many people of faith have written of the unexpected ways their needs were met, often in what seemed “complicated or tangled or hopeless” situations. One such person, writing in 1993, discusses how she and her three children went from homelessness and joblessness to having their needs met and to her eventual start of a career as a teacher, with progress occurring as she studied and prayed to understand God.
“I learned that we could never be separate from any needful good any more than we can be separate from God. I included the whole world in my prayer.” (Testimony by Dorothy B. Hewitt, Healing Spiritually, Christian Science Publishing Society, p. 200)
“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need,” wrote the discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, in her textbook Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. (p. 494)
Mrs. Eddy’s study of the Bible and her inspired prayer led to the understanding that God, Love, can find a way to reach the hearts and minds of receptive petitioners, resulting in practical blessings for the individual and the community.
Blessings and remarkable solutions are a very real possibility, no matter what the world tells about today’s landscape.