Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finally, I Feel at Home ; Originally Printed as an Article in the Christian Science Sentinel

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finally, I Feel at Home ; Originally Printed as an Article in the Christian Science Sentinel

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An experience i had recently showed me what home really is.

For a couple of years, I didn't have a permanent place to live, and never really felt at home. I always had good lodging, but something was lacking.

What, I asked myself, was I looking for? Permanence and stability for starters. I also wanted to feel comforted and supported, peaceful and protected. I thought being in a different geographical area might help. Or if I could stay in one house for more than a few months, that might make me feel more peaceful.

But in which beam or brick of a house does one find peace? From which electrical outlet does comfort flow? The more I thought about home, the more I realized that no physical place could give me permanent peace or comfort. I was actually yearning to feel the presence of good, to be aware of God's ever-present comfort and protection.

"Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy, relates home to heaven (see pg. 254). Elsewhere, the book describes heaven as "harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul" (pg. 587). Wouldn't we all love to come home to that?

Well, we can. No matter what our circumstances, we each can turn our thought wholeheartedly to God right this very moment. When we quiet human reasoning and listen trustingly to God, we'll be able to sense His infinite and always-present goodness embracing us. This is not mere positive thinking or a willful attempt to ignore one's problems. Turning to God and recognizing God as the source of all that's true about us is scientific prayer - thinking and reasoning on the basis of the same divine laws by which Jesus accomplished his great works.

God is supreme, ever-present good, the only cause, the one divine Mind. In truth, each of us is the image, or idea, of this Mind. We are made up solely of the elements of Mind - not matter. In other words, we are made up of spiritual qualities - of intelligence, compassion, integrity, and so forth. There is never a moment when God's child can be separated from Him, from the source of infinite good. …

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