The Home Atmosphere

Recently a student of Christian Science spent a week in the mountains with a mother and her two little children. One day a trip of some seven miles was undertaken. Steadily the hikers tramped along enjoying the beauty of the flowers, the song of the birds, and the foliage of the trees. None of the party felt that the distance was too great, for each was enjoying the freedom, joy, happiness, and love of God's goodness all along the way. On the way home the youngest once in a while would sweetly say, "Home now!" as she joyously anticipated seeing again their mountain cabin.

Each time the little one uttered this simple, childlike phrase, beautiful thoughts pertaining to home flooded the consciousness of the student. She recalled, for instance, Mrs. Eddy's saying: "Home is not a place. It is a power. Going home is doing right" (Mary Baker Eddy: A Life Size Portrait, by Lyman P. Powell, p. 225). Again, she remembered Mrs. Eddy's spiritual definition of "Jerusalem" in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 589), namely, "Home, heaven."

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