An exchange that heals

Most of the world's economy is based on the exchange of goods and services or their symbols, in order to satisfy human needs. A common exchange is a day's work in return for a paycheck. Another common exchange is the surrender of the paycheck for money and the money for food products. We easily recognize that an exchange, in order to be useful and valid, must fulfill both the condition of surrender and the condition of acceptance.

Let's take a simple example. You have an orange and I have an apple. We agree to exchange them. Now, we can talk about the exchange for endless hours, we can pray for guidance about it, we can seek expert advice from others. All of these may be reasonable courses of action. But we have not yet made an exchange. The exchange is made only when you have given up your orange and have accepted my apple. Both actions are necessary to effect an exchange.

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THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
October 17, 1983
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