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November 26, 2018

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Concerns about trade wars across the globe don't appear to have easy answers. globe don't appear to have easy answers. When we're faced with such circumstances, When we're faced with such circumstances, which seem beyond our control, it can be which seem beyond our control, it can be easy to feel anxious or even trapped. easy to feel anxious or even trapped. But I've been learning there is a way to But I've been learning there is a way to find solutions during troubling times. For find solutions during troubling times. For decades I have turned to the Bible when decades I have turned to the Bible when faced with problems. Whether answers faced with problems. Whether answers have come quickly or slowly, they have al have come quickly or slowly, they have al - ways emerged. As one passage says: "God's ways emerged. As one passage says: "God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merci loyal love couldn't have run out, his merci - ful love couldn't have dried up. They're cre- ful love couldn't have dried up. They're cre- ated new every morning" (Lamentations ated new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22, 23, Eugene Peterson, "The Message"). 3:22, 23, Eugene Peterson, "The Message"). What a strong starting point for break What a strong starting point for break - ing the notion that we have to be subject ing the notion that we have to be subject to negative cycles of economic supply and to negative cycles of economic supply and demand! We can anchor our thoughts in demand! We can anchor our thoughts in the consistency of God's presence as divine the consistency of God's presence as divine Love. Christian Science continues to clarify Love. Christian Science continues to clarify for me the idea that God, Spirit, is entirely for me the idea that God, Spirit, is entirely good and therefore continuously provides good and therefore continuously provides all that we need. all that we need. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Chris Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Chris - tian Science, wrote in "Science and Health tian Science, wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "to all mankind with Key to the Scriptures," "to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good" (p. 494). This universal divine supply good" (p. 494). This universal divine supply of good can never favor some and result in of good can never favor some and result in harm for others, because it is everlasting, harm for others, because it is everlasting, as God is. It includes inspiration that meets as God is. It includes inspiration that meets our needs in ways that could never result in our needs in ways that could never result in a dead-end cycle of doom. a dead-end cycle of doom. In my early adulthood In my early adulthood I experienced intervals I experienced intervals of a few weeks at a time of a few weeks at a time when it felt as if a mental when it felt as if a mental shade came down, cut shade came down, cut - ting off inspiration and joy. I would persist ting off inspiration and joy. I would persist in prayer, which brought a conviction that in prayer, which brought a conviction that God was always here and always caring. God was always here and always caring. The dark thoughts would vanish for a time The dark thoughts would vanish for a time in the light of divine Love's message of in the light of divine Love's message of good. But a question lingered: "Will these good. But a question lingered: "Will these dark periods keep coming and going?" dark periods keep coming and going?" I continued to pray to see that God's I continued to pray to see that God's goodness, expressed as greater harmony goodness, expressed as greater harmony and peace, is not subject to ups and downs and peace, is not subject to ups and downs of material circumstances but is everyone's of material circumstances but is everyone's natural state of being as God's child. These natural state of being as God's child. These ideas helped me stop harboring hurts and ideas helped me stop harboring hurts and fears, and finally this recurring cycle of fears, and finally this recurring cycle of "down" periods stopped permanently. "down" periods stopped permanently. Christian Science emphasizes that Spirit Christian Science emphasizes that Spirit is the one real source of goodness, to which is the one real source of goodness, to which everyone has equal access. Praying from everyone has equal access. Praying from this spiritual basis can lift and open our this spiritual basis can lift and open our thought to recognize the boundless nature thought to recognize the boundless nature of God's abundance and to both perceive of God's abundance and to both perceive and express the fairness and goodwill that and express the fairness and goodwill that reflect Spirit's benevo reflect Spirit's benevo - lence for all. lence for all. This passage in the This passage in the Bible captures how such Bible captures how such good finds expression good finds expression where supply and demand are concerned: where supply and demand are concerned: "At the present time your plenty will supply "At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need" (II Corinthians will supply what you need" (II Corinthians 8:14, New International Version). 8:14, New International Version). We may be a ways from seeing this big We may be a ways from seeing this big - hearted balance of supply and demand hearted balance of supply and demand in all human affairs. But living out from in all human affairs. But living out from the spiritual fact that God's "merciful love the spiritual fact that God's "merciful love couldn't have dried up" does much to help couldn't have dried up" does much to help render powerless whatever sense of appre render powerless whatever sense of appre - hension or rivalry would keep us from see- hension or rivalry would keep us from see- ing Love's abundant provision evidenced ing Love's abundant provision evidenced more and more at home and abroad. more and more at home and abroad. – Elizabeth Mata – Elizabeth Mata When cycles of ups and downs seem inevitable A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE Oh, the shark has such teeth, dear In 1569, fishermen were catching mackerel in the English Channel when a huge creature rushed into their nets, almost destroying them. They brought it on board and "mar- veled," as it was the strangest animal they had ever seen. It was 17 feet long, had three rows of razor-sharp teeth, and end- ed in a long, powerful tail – so bizarre-looking that it was put on display in a London pub. English had no word for such a creature, one of the exhibitors claimed: "There is no proper name for it that I know, but certain men of Captain Hawkins' call it a Sharke." People had been fishing in the British Isles for more than a thousand years – how could this have been the first shark ever caught? "Shark," it turns out, was a new category of animal, resulting from Euro- pean voyages of trade and exploration to the Americas. Along the coasts of England, Scotland, and Ireland, people had long been familiar with sharp-toothed, rough-skinned fish, but they were usually small and known as "dogfish." Slave trader John Hawkins was one of the first to bring back news of another kind of creature, "like unto those which we call dogge-fishes" but much big - ger and more "ravenous," ea- ger to bite the legs off anyone who ventured into the sea. As news of this fascinating an- imal spread, and as British fishermen, in bigger vessels, ventured farther and farther away from the coastline, they realized that there were sharks in British waters, too. Where does the word shark come from? Some etymologists have argued that it derives from xoc, a Mayan word for toothy creatures that seems to have included sharks, crocodiles, and some whales. Cap - tain Hawkins and his men used the word tiberunes as well, which, in a development parallel to English, became Spanish for "large shark" (tiburón), as opposed to the more commonly encountered small sharks, cazones. Tiburon seems to have been the Carib name for shark, so perhaps Europe - ans simply adopted the words they heard around them to refer to these unfamiliar creatures. This would be a beautiful etymology, if not for one troublesome elasmobranch. In 1442, Thomas Bekynton recorded that his ship was followed by "a fish called le Shark" as he sailed from England to France. The word then, cannot be of Mayan origin, since this predates the first voyages to the Americas. What is the real origin of shark? It is a bit of an anticlimax, actually. No one knows. Whatever the source of the word, though, it was contact with the Americas that brought the category to wide aware - ness in England, popularizing the large, ra- zor-toothed shark as opposed to the small, harmless dogfish. These toothy predators of the sea have been terrifying us ever since. r By Melissa Mohr THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | NOVEMBER 26, 2018 43

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