At this season of the year when one hears so much about vacations and of many people going to the mountains, the country, or the seashore, when so much is being said about getting away from the office, from business cares and worries or household responsibilities, it is well for the Christian Scientist to "stand porter at the door of thought," as Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 392), lest he be robbed of the joy of the true realization of the meaning of vacation.

A definition of vacation is, "Freedom from duty." Let us see if that is what we want. A careful analysis of thought will reveal that what we really desire is rest, happiness, peace,—in a word, harmony. Mrs. Eddy uses the word "harmony" as a synonym for heaven; and on page 587 of Science and Health she gives this definition: "Heaven. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spiritually; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul." Then what we really want is spiritual understanding; and this cannot be found in change of scene or climate, but only in a clear realization of man's relation to the Father and of God's spiritual universe, the seasons of which are the periods of Truth's unfoldment, whose offices are the activities of divine Mind, and whose household is the loving, harmonious association of God's ideas.

Abram and Lot
July 12, 1924

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