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The home within

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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News reports of the rising number of foreclosures and the threat of families losing their homes can move people to ponder more deeply just what home really is. Most would agree that home is much more than bricks and mortar.

While we may value whatever is our personal home – an apartment or a house or condo – if you take away the material appearance, you'll find some universal spiritual qualities that help make our domicile a home. These include qualities such as security, stability, well-being, beauty, order, and peace.

These and other qualities show home to be a spiritual concept, not just four walls, important as those may be. When we begin to think of home in spiritual terms, we realize that we can never lose it. No matter what our living arrangements, we can expect to find the qualities of home that we most value. And we can trust that our home will evidence God's loving care for each of us, sustaining, protecting, and sheltering us – His sons and daughters.

Since home is an idea available to each of us, the outward form may change, but we can never actually be without it. No one can take it from us. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, once said, "Home is not a place but a power" (Irving Tomlinson, "Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy," p. 211). The stability we gain from being clear about the spiritual nature of home really is a power. It gives us confidence and strength – a feeling of having a secure foundation.

Even though there's no record of Jesus owning a home, he was never without God's loving care; his needs were provided for. And he promised us that all our needs would be met as well when he said, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him" (Matt. 6:8).

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