Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Spiritual empowerment

Heard two inspiring tales yesterday from two friends.

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One friend out in California noticed that her husband was sliding into one of his periodic depressions. Rather than get anxious or angry, she prayed for him. She kept regarding him as loved and perfect of God and as God's child, and patiently decided to keep that frame of mind no matter how long he was depressed. Well, he bounced out of the depression and was his normal self almost immediately.

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Another friend told about her husband becoming distant, and she thought it was because he was again using drugs. His income dried up, and she found herself as the sole support for them and their son. She owns her own business, and work coming in had been slow.

Well, she remembered a time before when she had been discouraged. She complained to a friend about living in a poor economic area and that people simply could not afford what she had to offer. She felt that finding the ones that could afford her would be like "finding a needle in a hay stack."

Her friend told her God knew exactly where that needle was and that she did not have to look for it, but it would find her. My friend told me, "After hanging up the phone I really took that to heart and thought of it for about 10 minutes. And of course you guessed it, the phone rang and that needle found me! It turned out to be one of the best jobs I ever had."

In remembering this, she again gave gratitude to God for all His help, and for the fact that the day her husband showed signs of becoming unreliable, she began getting calls, and business became busier than ever.

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One thing I love about spirituality is the empowerment it brings. Neither of these women became victims of their circumstances, but had the inner resources to rise above what was happening. And the results showing God's love for them came quickly.

Mary Baker Eddy writes:

The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.
Science and Health
It's almost as though life's trials exist for the sole purpose of forcing us to learn more about God and our connection with Him. One of the strangest but most profound sentences in Science and Health is:

Trials are proofs of God's care.
p. 66

It's part of a larger passage that reads:

Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love. p. 66

For why would we reach for spiritual reality if the material world were entirely perfect? We wouldn't. But then we'd be so cut off from infinite good. I love the spiritual principle that demands that we look past or through or above our material lives to something higher, more permanent, more real.

If there's any reason for our suffering, that's it.

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