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

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me in an exploration spirituality and how it relates to harmony and healing, as I launch my full-time practice of Christian Science healing!!  I am so excited for this step in my journey and would love to talk to you about how healing works and how your spiritual practice supports you in your life… how you find a sense of peace in the busyness of our hectic lives… how you feel the presence of love that expels fear and loneliness… and how you connect spirituality to health and wholeness.

Since I was young, I’ve loved learning about different religioIMG_7172ns, theologies, spiritual practices, cultures and people.  I also love being of service and helping those in need.  It is my love of the Divine and my love of humanity that drives me to serve in this way.   And I have found in my own journey that it is love… a deep, profound, Divine Love… that heals all discord – mentally and physically.

In all the work I’ve done around the world,* I can’t imagine a better way to serve at this point, than in the healing ministry…. Supporting others through prayer and the exploration of spiritual ideas to find healing the presence of Love in their lives.

The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.[1]

When I shared this news with a cousin recently, she remarked that I had wanted to help others through the healing practice of Christian Science since I was a child and that we would talk about it on camping trips… and so here we are… finally!!  🙂

*(You can read more about some of that work in the “About me” section.)

[1] Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p. 113