Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Coming Home

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Coming Home

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THAT greatest of world-wanderers, Odysseus in Homer's classical Greek poem, wanted no honor or victory more than the "fair wind that would bring him to the "honey lights of home. Home means as much to most of us. And getting back to a single room or tiny flat can mean as much as coming home to a mansion. The home to which many so passionately want to return may be only a tent or a hovel. Television pictures showed Eritrean soldiers walking hundreds of miles to go back to barren, starving villages.

Home obviously means far more than a physical place and comfort. "The feeling of being 'at home' is the feeling of belonging, Linda Weltner, a perceptive essayist, writes in No Place Like Home. It is "a sense of the fitness of 'having come down where we want to be,' as the Shaker song puts it.

There's an even more basic coming home that isn't dependent on a loved location at all but is the journey that brings one back to the soundest landmarks of the heart and soul. There are times when it feels as if the heart of humanity itself might be turning for home. The beginning of this decade is one of those times.

The search for spiritual purpose seems to have a new openness and energy. People yearn to come home now to the values that they thought might have disappeared irrevocably in the decade just passed. They know there can be an end to violence and oppression and corruption as a way of life in cities, statehouses, and businesses--an end to feigned concern and practical indifference.

Scientific Christianity shows there's a reason behind this strong desire to come home to more truthfulness, more caring, more spiritual values. The reason is that man has a home.

We belong to God--not the god in man's image, the god no one can quite believe in, the god eternally on the lookout for sin, but the real God who is the source of whatever love and goodness and meaningfulness we've felt in our lives. …

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