EVERY time her father went away on business, a little girl started making ``return home'' gifts for him. Once she made a handkerchief out of a piece of an old sheet. Another time it was a wall plaque that said in third-grade lettering: ``Home is best. Love to you, Daddy.'' Nobody needs blueprints of houses or reasons of the heart to explain why home is best. It's a given--like the air we breathe. But finding home doesn't always seem like a given. Too often home seems to be subject to depletion or dislocation. At such times the intuition that home is our spiritual center, and actually exists by virtue of our relationship to God, can lead to practical results--even to security, location, affection.
When I was in New York City once, trying to find an apartment for the summer, this spiritual sense of establishing home came to my rescue. We had prayed during the tense dance auditions that led to our daughter's summer scholarship. Our conviction that we could look to spiritual authority--God--as the source of good had helped in maintaining poise as one by one the doors of the dance company had opened. The Bible verse ``The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me''1 counseled us well. But the next needed evidence of good--an open door to a sublet--wasn't appearing so surely. After a two-day search I was discouraged. I had followed every possible lead--personal contacts, newspaper ads, agencies, notices on university bulletin boards, even rumors among the mothers at the auditions.
As I walked the sidewalks of the huge city I realized that the actual need was simply for more prayer to the same authority--God, Spirit. Not the prayer that pleads, ``Please, God, do this thing for us.'' My sense of prayer and its purpose--the distinguishing joy of prayer--involves aligning thought with the spiritual fact of God and man. God is Spirit, as the Bible teaches, and He imparts without interruption all the good that His offspring require. A perception of this truth enables us to exchange a mistaken, limited concept of ourselves for the spiritual idea of man as complete. And this change of thought opens the door to a harmonizing of our circumstances.