Some years ago I joined a number of other people in trusting a friend, who had experience in financial matters, to invest our money in a group investment. Instead, we lost the money when our friend disappeared. We never saw him or our money again. For many years afterward, I would focus on how terrible these stories were where an everyday person got "taken to the cleaners."

Then one day as I was reading another sad story like this in a magazine and feeling sorry for the "little guy" losing his money because he hadn't understood how the system worked, I surprised myself when the idea came to me to pray about the situation. And not just for the poor person who'd lost everything, but for the broker, too. I realized that both investor and broker are children of God, and I saw that because God really gives good to all His children equally, no one can be swindled or lose anything of real value. I saw that in an investment relationship, both parties, and all that belongs to them, are under the shelter of God.

As I understood this in spiritual terms, I felt healed of being a victim myself. Now when I hear about stories like these, I focus on prayer and healing instead of tragedy.

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Building trust in the real estate business
February 25, 2002

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