In his "Sesame and Lilies" Ruskin says: "This is the true nature of home—it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from all injury, but from all terror, doubt, and division. In so far as it is not this, it is not home; ... it is then only a part of that outer world which you have roofed over, and lighted fire in." The author of these lines evidently had caught a glimpse of the true concept of home as a spiritually mental structure—a building of God, "an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

In the present world-wide upheaval many seemingly serious and distressing problems have presented themselves for solution. Not the least disturbing among many difficulties is the one relating to the domestic life of the people, threatening the destruction of the home, and thereby undermining the very foundation of our present civilization. On all sides one hears of impoverished and broken homes, and of the almost frantic efforts put forth by individuals to save their homes by whatsoever means possible. Indeed, the situation has become one of the major economic problems of today, demanding the attention of a large number of experts.

As Christian Scientists, what are we doing about this problem? How are we meeting it? Are we clinging to the false sense of home as merely a material dwelling place, and seeking happiness, satisfaction, and ease in matter? Or, are we striving day by day to obtain a clearer vision of the real man, made in the image and likeness of God, ever complete, satisfied, and harmonious, occupying the home prepared for him "before the foundation of the world"?

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Profitable Lessons
April 25, 1936

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