Abundant good, always
October 20, 2012
I attended a non-profit fundraiser last night. The presentation was good, the mission sound, and the need real. I was inspired to donate, and prepared to volunteer. I was ready to “make it happen.” Then it occurred to me – the disciples query of Jesus – what is this among so many? This question they asked upon seeing only 5 loaves and two fishes, and at least 5000 hungry followers.
Good question then and now. It seems that limited resources, limited helping hands, limited time all bear out in limited assistance for a need that seems unlimited. But Jesus didn’t see it that way. In fact he said up front “thank you God.” (see John 6:5 – 13) Thank you that good isn’t limited. Thank you for always taking care of your beloved children. Thank you for making your purpose and power known to me and these. Thank you for proving that all things are possible to You. And then he fed that multitude, and even had leftovers.
What is the lesson for me? That perhaps it’s not so much the money I give to this non-profit, or the time I put in, or even the word I spread (and those all are definitely worthy and important). It’s the gratitude I give for the abundant good already flowing in all directions from God Himself.
Mary Baker Eddy, 19th century theologian, wrote in Science and Health “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” (see page 494:11) She adds this profound statement: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”
To be clear, it’s not that my hands (or my dollars) aren’t useful in caring for my fellow man. It’s just that my hands, or even many hands are not the sole solution. To the extent that I recognize that God is both the power and the resource behind my hands – and my prayers – is what I do effective and worthwhile.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.