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All needs supplied

From the May 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I've come to understand that our church’s financial needs are not dependent on each member or their savings accounts. Praying to know that supply is coming directly from God, divine Principle, awakens our “. . . dormant understanding . . . to the apprehension of spiritual ideas . . .” (Science and Health, p. 583). We can truly expect abundant resources.

The Gospel shows that Jesus fed over five thousand people when there were only five loaves of bread and two fish. From a human standpoint, this seems miraculous, but according to the law of divine Principle, it only explains that the source of supply is not in matter or in people. God is the source of unlimited supply. There is no need to speculate about how or from where the supply will come.

More important, through prayer, we can recognize that the Creator knows what each one of His ideas needs and supplies it. The small church I used to belong to in Kyoto once needed to get its roof fixed. The cost was 30 times the budget we had at hand. The roof was in terrible shape, and even some of the boards underneath were exposed. We were known in the neighborhood as the church with exposed boards. For a long time, it was believed that the church would never have enough money to fix it. Just to think of the cost of repairs was scary. But at one of our business meetings, our church members agreed that there is nothing impossible to God, even if it seems impossible to human eyes. Throughout the year, each member took turns praying.

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