Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Housing and Your Home ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Housing and Your Home ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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"Bubbles" are the talk of many towns today, but not the ones we blow in celebration when a bride and groom leave the church happily married. The talk is of housing price bubbles and their deflation.

According to many financial analysts, the concern is now global - bubbles in the plural - but most acutely, in some regions of the United States. However, potential drops in housing prices from historic highs also loom in Spain, Ireland, and other European countries. Homeowners and estate agents in Britain and Australia saw prices begin to fall and sales tighten in 2005.

Over a year ago, The Economist magazine reported that "the whole world economy is at risk.... The housing boom was fun while it lasted, but the biggest increase in wealth in history was largely an illusion" ("After the Fall," June 16, 2005).

The illusory nature of life in its bricks-and-mortar-world form is something that, thanks to Christian Science, anyone can come to understand. God, as infinite Spirit and permanent good, is, and bestows, the only substance that exists. And people are proving, healing by healing through prayer, that because the substance of who we are and what we have is spiritual, it cannot be diminished or destroyed.

True, when material life's illusion takes a form that almost anyone would initially believe is pleasing - in this case, material wealth and rising asset values - then the deception's exposure can be unsettling. But it's a healthy kind of disquiet that impels us to look for life's firmer ground.

People naturally find themselves asking God to show them more of who they really are and what they really own. What does it actually mean to be made and maintained "in the image of" the Infinite? While we wouldn't look to God for a "trophy home," a place for you is already and always prepared. Those words signify that every idea, every creature in God's creation, has an indelible home and purpose (see John 14:2). …

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