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On Supply…

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I was recently visiting with a friend, while out for a walk with my dog Tillie, who talked to me about the challenges of her family living paycheck-to-paycheck each month.  She wondered aloud if some people are just unlucky or end up poor their whole lives.  My heart broke for her and her struggle, as I had recently been contemplating the idea of supply and its source as well.

I had been praying to know that our supply comes from our eternal Provider.  Pioneering thinker, Mary Baker Eddy writes in one of my favorite books, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,

“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”[1]

I have seen evidence of this Love she speaks of meeting my needs time and time again… and I’ve found I have to eliminate every doubt and fear that it wouldn’t happen again.  But how?

An article by L. Ivimy Gwalter in the August 15, 1936 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel, entitled Supply as Spiritual Reflection, puts it this way:

The sun does not say, If only I had not shone quite so much yesterday, I should have more light with which to shine today. The fact that it shone yesterday is the proof that it can shine today. Yet (we) are prone to say, “If I had not spent so much yesterday,” or even, “If I had not given so much yesterday, I should have more today.”[2]

There is a lot in this world that makes us think we come from a place of lack… sometimes that is all we can see – lack of money or resources, lack of health, lack of love – but when we pause and give gratitude for all we already have, it can change our point of view to a standpoint of abundance.  As Mrs. Eddy points out,

“Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more.”[3]

Gratitude has such a transformative and healing power! 

(And I was certainly grateful for IMG_9491spending time with my friend and my dog, Tillie, on this beautiful day at the park by a lake!!)

My friend and I talked about how her jobs were not just to make money but to bless those that she’s in contact with, and that she can’t suffer from blessing others but will find the infinite supply she needs.  Mrs. Eddy also states,

“In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, — Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.”[4]

Jesus was able to demonstrate that our true source of supply isn’t material but spiritual when he was able to feed thousands of people, from a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish.  He gave gratitude first and blessed the food and then asked everyone to share.  And there were many baskets of food left over… even after,

“They all ate and were satisfied.”[5]

Jesus proved that our true source is actually Spirit, Love… Divine Love.  And we can too.

The following is actually the opening line of the book I mentioned, and it is one that I turn to time and again… I shared it with my friend.

“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.” [6]

We need to lean into that Love, that sustaining power in our lives and trust it, and we will find those many blessings… not just for ourselves but for everyone around us.  This idea really resonated with my friend, and I hope it helps you as well!

[1] Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 494

[2] L. Ivimy Gwalter, Supply as Spiritual Reflection, Christian Science Sentinel, August 15, 1936

[3] Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 3

[4] Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 206

[5] Mark 6:42 (NIV)

[6] Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. vii

 

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