Prayer about austerity in the eurozone

Liz
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As leaders search for solutions to the euro crisis, austerity seems to be the “new reality,” along with unemployment, higher taxes, and fear over potential job losses. Since the global economy is so interconnected, everyone’s prayers are truly needed, and we will all benefit. 

We can begin by affirming the reality of God’s goodness and love for His creation and insist that there is a divine solution. This prayer can bring inspired answers for reducing deficits and creating growth for everyone, not only the eurozone. The miasma that comes from the belief that people face years of cutting back with no growth in sight must be challenged. We need a strong prayerful conviction of spiritual facts about our and everyone’s indestructible relationship to divine Love with its tender parenting care.

The abundance of God is never made powerless in the face of human needs and is neither influenced by overspending nor retrenchment.

As part of my own prayer about the eurozone crisis, I found it helpful to look up the meaning of the word austerity. Synonyms included stringency, inflexibility, coldness, and severity. I asked myself if divine Love is harsh and withholding. Through my own experience and the study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that God, who created us in His-Her likeness, is a God of plenty rather than severity or lack.

In prayerfully reasoning about the nature of God and man, this passage from Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy has been quite helpful: “Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind . . .” (p. 60). It is the province of Soul to give this inexhaustible goodness to each of us. 

The Bible verse “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1) indicates no privation, but shows the always available provision that is pouring forth from divine Love. Also, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). This indicates the very tender care of God. Praying with this verse helps me see that God, who is Life itself, doesn’t include a single element of harshness or depletion. In this divine Life there are no unprotected children, vulnerable lower-income families, or growing poverty. The abundance of God is never made powerless in the face of human needs and is neither influenced by over-spending nor retrenchment. God and His image and likeness are at the permanent standpoint of perfection and progress.

Prayer that acknowledges these spiritual facts is like a light to human thought, unveiling new possibilities. It calms fears heightened by media coverage. It gives leaders courage and integrity to make hard decisions and to communicate effectively to citizens. It can even show nations new ways to work together productively. 

This kind of prayer awakens trust in God. It is convinced of the power of Soul’s infinite resources—unhindered by material speculations about time. Prayer that gains spiritual clarity about Soul’s infinite resources can have the healing effect of bringing God’s limitless and healing intelligence to bear on every aspect of the crisis. 

I have also found it useful to ask myself about austerity measures in my own life. Am I cutting back on loving where it seems difficult, being cautious instead of trusting the allness of good as enough, or being unwilling to “spend” my joy?

While the eurozone is not out of the woods yet, we can honor efforts to find the right direction with the prayerful understanding that the constant development of good is the law of God. Praying from this basis has far-reaching implications for individuals, governments, and countries both inside and outside the eurozone.

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