The question of food supply is so continually forced upon the consideration of those who have the task of providing either for themselves or for others, that we may well ponder over the problem and consider some of its aspects from a metaphysical standpoint. It is to be presumed that any student of the Bible and of Mrs. Eddy's writings will have gained the assured vision that the whole subject of sustenance is essentially one to be brought into line with metaphysical understanding. Many beautiful stories which illustrate this truth, from both the Old and the New Testament, crowd into one's thought; for indeed the comforting concept of God as "the Great Householder" (to use the words of one commentator) is expressed in many familiar passages. "The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing," sang the psalmist, and his words typify this idea of the satisfying nature of God as our Father-Mother Love.

Most Christian Scientists will thus have learned to look to the one source of all good when their supplies seem to be threatened by loss or limitation, but the situation which the world has recently had to face has no exact parallel in the past. Limitation in the use of supply during the war was declared to be a universal necessity, and when the system of national rationing of essentials became general, the much tried head of a household had to assume a patient resignation to new and difficult conditions or be shamed into an appearance at least of this attitude lest he should not seem to be "doing his bit" in "helping to win the war." Truly it was inconvenient for people who had prided themselves on their freedom and plenty to find themselves continually struggling with multifarious limitations in the form of registration cards, permits, licenses, prohibitions, or taxation demands, and the seriously reduced state of the family larder was often a matter of dismay to the householder who never before knew what it was to conserve resources.

True Law versus the False
March 1, 1919

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