The family together
FORCES threatening family togetherness today may sometimes seem overwhelming. Yet because of God's all-inclusive love for each member in His universal spiritual family, every family on our planet can find divine support and healing. The New Testament of the Bible recounts the story of Abraham and Sarah on their long journey to the Promised Land. The writer tells of Abraham's faith and courage as he obeyed God's call for them to leave their homeland for this new land. Abraham, we're told, ``looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.'' The Bible says further, ``They desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.''1
Aren't many families today on journeys somewhat like Abraham and Sarah's? Actually, this is truly a spiritual journey, wherein each family member can learn more about the strength and richness of his or her relationship to God. For the family, the results of such a journey can be greater marital harmony, better health, a more happy and secure home, as well as more numerous and better opportunities for the children.
Of course, challenges do appear. Yet, just as God ``prepared for them a city,'' so has God provided for us the powerful healing truths we need in order to counter these obstacles.
Where do we find these truths? One can be seen in that story of Abraham, who embraced the idea of one all-powerful God.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science and founder of this newspaper, writes, ``One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, `Love thy neighbor as thyself;' annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, -- whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.''2