From my home facing a miniature canyon I once saw beautiful trees of many textures sparkling like diamonds; a little stream falling down toward the river; the banks of the canyon covered with honeysuckle and maidenhair fern; clouds parting and the sun filtering through the rifts in strata of burnished gold, and hills blazoned with indescribable glory. Suddenly, as if for my benefit, a double rainbow framed the scene.

As I looked with awe on this phenomenon of nature my gratitude went out to God for His messenger to this age, Mary Baker Eddy, because through her teachings I had found a higher sense of home. Mrs. Eddy says in her "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 87): "In our immature sense of spiritual things, let us say of the beauties of the sensuous universe: 'I love your promise; and shall know, some time, the spiritual reality and substance of form, light, and color, of what I now through you discern dimly; and knowing this, I shall be satisfied. Matter is a frail conception of mortal mind; and mortal mind is a poorer representative of the beauty, grandeur, and glory of the immortal Mind.'"

Through the earnest study of Christian Science we learn that the beauties of home are not something to be possessed in matter; that in our true being we include by reflection every quality of home, such as glory, beauty, harmony, contentment, order, unity, and rest. We learn, too, that only in belief can we ever be outside of our glorious heavenly home. Spiritually interpreted, house means consciousness, and the glorious mansions of the divine consciousness include such qualities as stability, balance, symmetry, and grace. Since God is impartial, these qualities belong to all by spiritual reflection.

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August 23, 1952

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