Heaven Our Home

Looking from my window, over the storm-tossed sea, battle-ships are visible, passing rapidly across the horizon. A great sense of gratitude wells up for the teaching that enables us to turn things into thoughts and to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem," our city that "hath foundations." The faith that inspires this prayer is its impulsion, and it must be manifested in the harmony that overcomes discord. It enables us to reach a realization of the ever present Christ, "The Prince of Peace," and the government that "shall be upon his shoulder," and impels us to ponder our Leader's counsel to "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true" (Science and Health, p. 261), regardless of stirring accounts of battle, of loss and gain, coming every now and again. This lifts thought above the beckoning confusion and brings quiet and assurance.

At first it seemed difficult to rise above the sympathetic mesmerism from within and without, which reminded one of those near and dear engaged in action. Truth however prevails, and the facts remain intact, that there is only one country, our mental home, and that heaven means purified understanding; also one government, namely, that of Life, Truth, and Love. Holding thought free from fear, because man is forever in the sanctuary of Love, one is enabled to realize the divine protection for each and all who belong to the one "family in heaven and earth," the children of the one Father-Mother God. Man as God's idea is not in any turmoil, nor is excitement and unrest the reality of being. The psalmist speaks of those who cry unto God when in deep distress and then we read: "He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still."

As at the dawn of the Christian era, the Christ is here and now stilling the troubled waters of mortal mind, silencing the voice of error, and overcoming the tempests of greed and passion with the word of Truth, the "Peace, be still," spoken of heaven, legions of ministering angels, and they are for us, commanding thoughts of peace and security, thoughts of love and compassion, uplifting and pure, bringing us into the promised land, and exalting us to spiritual heights, the altitude of Mind that was in Christ Jesus. Nothing can tempt us to leave our stronghold of Truth, for here we are in the "secret place" where we gain the poise and peace of the one Mind. As one has said, "Ours is not a storm center or a war center, but a peace center, for God is here."

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