Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finding a Better Home

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Finding a Better Home

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A television program featured an interview with a couple whose small apartment is right under one of the flight paths of the Tokyo airport. The husband said that even though he has a good job, he couldn't afford a bigger or quieter apartment for his family. The housing market is tight, he said, and apartments are very expensive.

Even if we think that our prospects of living in a good home are at the mercy of how many units are available or how much money we can spend, there is reason for hope. Improving where we live starts with improving how we think about home. One vital improvement we can make is to consider home in spiritual terms rather than as simply a material structure.

The Bible says, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations" (Psalms 90:1). In accord with the Bible, Christian Science teaches that man has his real dwelling place in God, Spirit. To a limited, materialistic sense of things it seems we're physical bodies, living apart from God. But because our creator is omnipresent Spirit, we're never really separated from Him, and our true nature is totally spiritual.

The consciousness of being created by God and loved by Him, of living in His very presence, helps bring His goodness into view, as Christ Jesus proved so persuasively for us all. He understood his relationship to His Father, and this enabled him to prove God's total care, to demonstrate that no circumstance could deprive him of all the good that belonged to Him as God's Son. Though during his ministry Jesus didn't have the type of stationary home many people long for, he wasn't separated from the characteristics we think of as belonging to a good home - joy, security, love, and so forth - which all come from the divine source that cannot fail. Jesus said once, "All things that the Father hath are mine" (John 16:15).

We know that we are truly at home, even if appearances deny it, as we are conscious that we can't be separated from God or from the good that He gives. …

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