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Eye on the world: Giving home to Syria’s refugees

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In “As peace talks loom, Syrian refugees see little future in going homeThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “Syrian rebel groups announced Monday that they will attend next week’s Russia- and Turkey-brokered Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan, giving a boost to hopes that a current cease-fire can be hardened into a more enduring agreement. The talks are intended to build on the two-week cease-fire with the goal of ending a six-year conflict that has left more than 300,000 people dead, caused billions of dollars of destruction, forced more than half the Syrian population from their homes, and contributed to the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since the end of World War II. But the fate of the estimated 11 million displaced Syrians is unlikely to be addressed, leaving their destiny on hold. For many Syrian refugees, an eventual return to a country devastated by war and still ruled by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is an unappealing prospect. Instead, these refugees, some of whom have spent more than three years away from their homes, say they have no future in Syria and are looking to settle elsewhere.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

John 14:2

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 254

Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man as God’s image, His idea, coexistent with Him — God giving all and man having all that God gives.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 5

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Finding a home”: “Since God, the universal Father, is divine Love, all God’s children reflect Love. The spiritual attributes of Deity belong to His idea, man, and these attributes are available to us at all times and in all situations. When we recognize our true identity as spiritual offspring of God and claim for ourselves the inheritance of His qualities, we prove that we have them in abundance.” And “God being omnipresent, there is no place where love, safety, companionship, strength, and assurance are not. In proportion as each one of us recognizes that these qualities are part of the eternal, unchangeable nature of God and man, and we reach out in prayer to the Father to claim their blessing for ourselves, we bring them into our lives. This is the law of divine Love that Christian Science teaches.”

In “Finding my way home”: “Good was infinite, directly from God, and we couldn’t be separated from it, because we were His children. Supply, I saw, was part of our very being, of who we were as the loved of divine Love. Praying with these ideas could lead our family to greater activity and spiritual uplift, rather than stagnation and hopelessness.” And “ ‘Going home’ means something different to me now. It means returning again and again to my unchanging relationship with God.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.


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