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Home and Heaven
A Requirement for the foundation of a right sense of home is willingness to serve others. Such willingness springs from a deep and sincere interest in humanity, a love for one's neighbor, which is the correlative of love for God. Some of the qualities that nurture this willingness to serve are unselfed love, compassion, patience, kindness, tolerance, and understanding. When we make the effort to demonstrate these qualities, we begin to establish a mental home which includes peace, comfort, joy, and an abundance of good.
In her definition of Jerusalem in the Glossary in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy couples the words "home" and "heaven." Heaven she defines thus (p. 587): "Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul." Surely this last definition embodies all that mankind hope for in their highest dreams of home. In its spiritual meaning home is no less than heaven, the kingdom of God. This understanding of home is normal to our true manhood, and we can begin to realize and demonstrate it in the present hour.
By affirming truth and denying error, we maintain the atmosphere of Soul in our mental households. We deny the belief that man is mortal or lives materially. We affirm that God is Spirit, perfect and all-inclusive Mind, and that man in His image is spiritual, reflecting the perfection of his Maker and living in His ever-presence. The Apostle Paul says (Acts 17:28), "In him we live, and move, and have our being."
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Why Feel Sorry for Yourself?
LOUISE WHEATLEY COOK HOVNANIAN
Claim and Demonstration
MAURICE E. MOSHER
Home and Heaven
HUGH S. REID
Glory Through Humility
A Right Sense of Being
CAROLINE B. WINGERT
Companioning with God's Angels
LEWIS CHARLES HUBNER
"Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"
GWENDOLEN A. MITCHELL
Be Still and Know
Who Needs the Treatment?
John Randall Dunn
Frank and Gwendolyn!
Paul Stark Seeley
CONSTANCE E. ELLISON
After nearly four years of semi-invalidism,...
Emmett J. Hull
I have received so many blessings...
Zella Edith Morris
I should like to express gratitude...
Lillian Elizabeth Hooper
In gratitude for the many, many...
"Let the redeemed of the Lord...
Marguerite Bliss Mack
I have enjoyed the testimonies...
Carrie De Barthe
Since I have been a student of...
Herman Mussfeldt with contributions from Lisbeth W. Mussfeldt
Gratitude for Help
LUCY I. STURK
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Roy L. Smith, Charles A. Wells, Dana McLean Greeley, Alfred Grant Walton, Allan Knight Chalmers