Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Home-Building in Tough Times

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Home-Building in Tough Times

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Home is central to our lives. Events that separate people from their homes usually represent tough, if not extreme, life experiences. Our thoughts go out to those whose houses have been swept away by disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods - as well as financial or relationship disasters. How can we help our neighbors or ourselves? Is it possible to bring the light of comfort and hope to the darkness of despair?

Our global village needs everyone who cares enough to pray for others. Prayer reaches out to divine ways and means in times when human effort alone is not enough. Striking a single match in pitch darkness enables someone to light a candle that will burn until daylight comes. Even a tiny ray of hope, or sign of God's love, can be enough to show the first step out of despair, and can lead into the full awareness of our home in God.

Then there's the rebuilding. Lives have to be rebuilt, even when houses can't be. Is there something that survives human loss? Is there a sense of home that transcends the house we want to put it in?

The Bible's book of Psalms includes a song that presents a more permanent concept of home: "How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!... Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young ... Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee" (Ps. 84). And Psalm 23 also celebrates what it means to be at home with God. The founder of this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, amplifies its final verse in this way: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 578).

Building the spiritual sense of our home in God is possible anywhere, under any circumstances. It involves qualities of thought, not bricks or timber. We tend to think of home in terms of four p's - property, possessions, people, and place. But sadly it's possible for these to be swept away, as we have seen during recent events. So what home-building materials can we use that are permanent? …

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