In John's gospel we read that the Pharisees once mockingly asked Jesus, "Where is thy Father?" To this he responded, "Ye neither know me, nor my Father." Our Leader says: "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and pains of sense for the joys of Soul" (Science and Health, p. 390).

One evening in the springtime, as I passed a florist's window which was filled with lovely lilac blossoms, my thoughts immediately flew to my western home, and in fancy I saw the dear old place where my parents live and where the happy years of childhood and young girlhood were passed. I could see the yard filled with apple-trees and lilac bushes all in bloom, and a deep desire arose in me to be there, where I knew I could enjoy the flowers to my heart's content. With this came also a great wave of homesickness, which brought with it thoughts of loneliness and lack and separation. I, however, knew the danger of entertaining any such feelings, and as I walked along I resolutely turned my thoughts toward God and tried to realize my relation to Him. Who is my Father? I asked myself, and where is my Father's house? And as the realization of His ever-presence and the varied manifestations of divine Love and goodness, came to me, all feeling of separation, of lack, of homesickness, and of material desire, vanished, and in their place was joy and peace.

March 29, 1913

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