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We are heirs of a rich inheritance

From the November 18, 2019 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

After my father and maternal grandmother passed away, my mother told me of her concern about inheritances and the problems she’d seen them cause in many families, and about the high cost of succession cases. For this reason, I asked a civil lawyer I knew to take over our succession case. As a result, the family’s possessions, including the home my mother lived in and another small house, were legally registered in my mother’s name. 

I have a brother and seven sisters. Some time later, a sister called and asked me to sign a document authorizing that my share of the inheritance go to our youngest sister. She informed me that it was our mother’s wish that everything she owned be left to this sister, and that our mother hoped each of her other children would willingly relinquish their share. Our youngest sister and another sister were both single and living with my mom, but our youngest sister had more time to care for her. My mother apparently felt this was a way to repay her for all she was doing for her.

Upon hearing this, I admittedly felt saddened at the thought of losing my inheritance, including my childhood home, which held so many wonderful memories for me. At the time, I was having financial difficulties raising my young children alone here in Colombia, and it crossed my mind how much of a help the share of the money I had been expecting would be for us. 

Following a momentary silence on the phone while I contemplated my sister’s request, I told her I would pray to God about it and call her the next day. Seeking divine guidance and spiritual inspiration, I picked up the Bible and read these words from the Apostle Paul: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16, 17). Although I had read this passage many times before, it immediately lifted my thought above any sense of loss by reminding me that we are all heirs of God, and that the inheritance from our Father-Mother is spiritual, not material. The spiritual good that God gives us, and that sustains us, is real substance and is always at our disposal. It can never end, be lost, or be taken from us. “All the good we had yesterday we have today,” was a thought I shared with two or three of my siblings in the days ahead.

As I prayed, I acknowledged that divine Spirit, God, is the source of our happiness and security, and that these are included in the rich inheritance we have from God—an inheritance that is permanent and invariable. They don’t depend on our being in a certain place, or having a house or a certain amount of money, but on our being conscious of the infinite resources with which God has blessed us. I allowed only these ideas from God, divine Mind, to fill my consciousness, and acknowledged that they were supporting and guiding our whole family. And with these uplifting, spiritual ideas I felt completely satisfied.  

The next day I got in touch with my sister and told her I would sign the document, and so I did.

Later that week I learned that my siblings had also signed the document. Although my mother’s wish had initially threatened to divide the family, we quickly came to the same decision. To this day, we remain united, and there is a strong bond of affection and respect between us. And in the twenty years since this experience, divine Love has continued to provide for my family’s every need. In fact, my mom is still being well cared for by my two sisters. Experiences like this one have taught me that to the degree that we understand our spiritual origin, or identity, we are able to take possession of our rich inheritance from God and demonstrate that divine Spirit, not matter, is the true source of supply.

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