Mortal man is ever looking forward to a change of environment. To use a common expression, he yearns for an opportunity "to get away from it all." Precious moments are spent dreaming of that far-off quiet spot in which to rest, to fish, or to engage in some other sport. Winter evenings are often passed in reading brochures describing the ideal place for a vacation and in planning the details of a trip to the mountains or the seashore. The reasons most frequently given are the need for relief from overwork, worry, or illness, or just the desire for a change.

Christian Scientists should be alert to the suggestion that moving the human body to some other locality will furnish refreshment or solve the problem, whatever its nature may be. For while there is nothing fundamentally wrong in taking a vacation or in going to a different climate for all or part of a season, the student of Christian Science has learned to turn from the human belief to the spiritual fact that man is the ever-perfect, ever-harmonious expression of the one infinite Mind, which is God, good. He knows that man is not subject to strain or to fear, and that this real man dwells in the atmosphere of infinite Love and is not affected by climate or other man-made conditions; that he is happy and well because he continuously reflects the peace and harmony of Soul with which he has been endowed by his Maker.

Those who have been relying upon material sources for relief from disease, strain, or excessive heat may be disturbed by governmental restrictions relating to food and travel. But such rules provide the spiritually-minded with an opportunity to realize with the Apostle Paul that "in him [God] we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

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"The face of God"
August 25, 1945

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