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Preserving our neighborhoods

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In many communities people are joining together to restore and preserve their aging neighborhoods. Buildings that had become dilapidated are being renovated and returned to beauty and purpose. On once ugly vacant lots neighbors are gathering to create lovely gardens.

Such projects do much to clean up neighborhoods and to give people greater comfort and security. Yet through prayer even more can be done for all neighborhoods.

My husband and I have lived in numerous areas and neighborhoods. We have lived in a tent in a state park, a basement apartment in a northern state, a two-story house in a large city. In each material structure we prayed to realize the true concept of home. That is, we established in our thinking the fact that home, in its truest sense, is not a material place in a particular location; rather, conceived of spiritually, home is composed of such God-derived qualities as peace, love, unselfishness, joy. As these qualities are expressed, the feeling of home is maintained wherever we live.

A few years ago my husband and I purchased for rental property a duplex in a large metropolitan area. We endeavored to see it in the same spiritual light as our earlier homes. We thought of this duplex as a place where tenants on a limited budget could find beauty and convenience.

We knew through our study of Christian Science that God is a loving Father-Mother who tenderly cares for all. The Bible gives numerous accounts in which men and women experienced God's care, and what might be called a feeling of home, in the face of doubt and even destruction. One could say that Daniel was ''at home'' in the lions' den and that Joseph was ''at home'' in the prison cell, because each felt the power of God with them in those darkest moments.

Knowing that all of God's children express the one divine Mind, we prayed that individuals needing the qualities offered by our duplex would be led to it.

The effect of these prayers proved even greater than we had anticipated. One evening a couple of years after we bought the property we were working in the yard when a neighbor from across the street came to visit.

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