Home Relations

The wish for happy human relationships and desirable habitations has ever been uppermost in the thought of humanity. The prophet Isaiah, foreseeing the coming of the Christ, declared that the people should "dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." When Jacob's consciousness was uplifted to a more spiritual sense of existence, and fear and loneliness were overcome, he realized the omnipresence of God, and though he had no roof over his head, and only stones for a pillow, yet he was able to say with conviction, "This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offers this practical, divinely inspired counsel on page 287 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "Be faithful over home relations; they lead to higher joys: obey the Golden Rule for human life, and it will spare you much bitterness." What are these "home relations" to which we must be faithful? Does this admonition merely mean that two or more individuals who dwell in the same house, under the same roof, should maintain, perhaps, an outward semblance of felicity?

"Our sufficiency is of God"
February 4, 1939

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