A peaceful home is yours, orphan—
Spirit’s blessings to you are known eternally.
God is true Father and Mother to you;
He is eternal Love, who created only what is good.
From the September 23, 1996 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
From the July 7, 1923 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
That home is the most perfect which is built on the sure foundation of divine Love. The inmate of this home lives and has his being in the reality of divine Love. In spiritual harmony, the real man lies down in green pastures, and rests beside still waters. He suffers from no fear of loss, chance, or change. He dwells securely in the consciousness of health and happiness. In this age, the teaching of God as divine Love and of the real man’s relationship to God, as given to the world in Christian Science by Mrs. Eddy, forms a perfect concept, spiritualizes thought, and establishes a true understanding of home. This understanding becomes, in the words of the prophet, “a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
The limited housing accommodations in many countries during the past few years have emphasized the desirability of having a permanent sense of home, as a resting-place by the wayside on the journey upward and onward from matter to Spirit. One’s present sense of home should be a type of man’s spiritual abode; and as one’s concept grows more perfect, one comes into a clearer realization of the condition of spiritual thought called heaven. It matters not whether what one calls one’s home to-day is in one room, or in a palace of many rooms; whether it is inhabited by one person or by many persons. Its value rests upon the quality and quantity of the true love which is manifested by its inmates, toward one another and to all mankind. Mrs. Eddy pointed to the spiritual truth of home, when she said in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 254), “Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.”
The Golden Rule, the one great law to be obeyed in human relationships, applies not only to individuals but to nations; not only to other nations, but also to our own; not only to future time, but to the present. A Christian nation will be blessed, as it blesses other nations. It must be obedient to its high calling,—trust in God,—and must love all peoples. Then, when this is done, the very gates of divine Love will be opened, and spiritual light will stream through this unselfishness,—light which far outshines that from star or sun. It will illuminate the entire world. Not only in word but in deed must Christian nations become genuine homes, in order that, as the Psalmist said of God’s kingdom, “thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.”