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A Christian Science perspective.

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Movie and television images occasionally touch on people's deepest longings. Think of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," as she discovers that to get back to Kansas, she only needs to click her heels and insist, "There's no place like home." Dorothy's childlike desire to be home or to be with the familiar, the comfortable – to be where she belongs – is, in fact, timeless.

We yearn to fit in – to be loved, respected, and surrounded with what seems good and beautiful. Yet are such longings attainable in a world where natural disasters or environmental neglect can devastate landscapes and homes? What about situations where ethnic cleansing moves whole populations from their birthplace?

Actually, longings for home are natural to everyone, everywhere. And they point toward a higher spiritual outlook that can lead to practical solutions for individuals and communities.

Perhaps Jesus was best at pointing people in the right direction when he said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness" (Matt. 6:33). He also explained that this "kingdom" is within us – so it is not vulnerable to anyone or anything outside ourselves. It's not a place we see with our eyes, but a spiritual, or mental, dwelling place – real and practical – in which all the good things can be found.

To reach this sense of home involves trusting God to meet our needs, even when an adjustment to the circumstances may seem impossible.

The Monitor's founder, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote, "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896," p. 307). God is all good and supplies His children – that's each of us – with the inspiration and intelligence to discover that they are already one with Him, dwelling in His care. Grasping this spiritual concept and trusting it can change the human circumstances, so that people are brought into better conditions or gain a new view of where they are presently living.


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