For some time the world has been witnessing one of the most curious anomalies in its history. Not that it is by any means a new state of affairs, but that it is such a false one. On the one hand, bountiful harvests have been reaped and garnered; on the other, people are suffering for want of necessaries. In spite of abundance, there is evident lack. While the power of the great false god, money, is vaunted, its ability to supply is "tied up" in inaccessible places. Every one in the business world is asking for the cause of this financial stress, and all who do not work the case back to its false basis are giving different answers, prominent among which are want of confidence, speculation, greed, and extravagance.

All these, and many other assigned causes, are easily reduced to the one cause—fear. Fear of what? Are the storehouses not full enough to tide humanity over until another harvest? Is there not enough work for all to earn a daily quota of supplies? Is there not money enough to pay the wage-earners? Is there not demand enough for all that is manufactured, harvested, or waiting to be used? Is not this, or any other natural chain of demand and supply, complete in itself, and when linked with other complete chains is it not sound? Then why the fear? There is no excuse. God is just as much here now as He ever has been, and God is the source of supply. The only trouble with the world is that it is working on the fear basis, and in spite of the presence of plenty it fears this supply cannot be reached. To such a trend of thought the lack is manifested; but this does not prove the basis true, nor does it nullify the fact that there really is abundance.

Resolving the case into its primitive elements or thought, we find simply that fear of lack is poverty of thought, or poverty-thinking. If one recognizes the fact that there is plenty and that in God, good, is the supply, and that by knowing this to the extent of proving it, first to the satisfaction of the thought, the manifestation of this truth will appear in abundance of supply for each human necessity as it arises. This is set forth in that familiar text, so often quoted but so seldom understood and applied outside of Christian Science, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God;" and when the state of consciousness which is heaven has been reached, little by little the necessities of daily living are "added."

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April 18, 1908

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