It's Good to Get Home

It was December. Snow lay on the ground, and a cold wind was blowing, when a man went into a bus depot of a small town. "Hi, Charlie!" said the clerk at the ticket counter. "Where are you going?" A happy smile came on the man's face. "Why, I'm fixin' to get home for Christmas!" he replied. At once there was a warm response from everyone around. They turned to each other with real pleasure. They didn't know him, but they were all glad that Charlie was "fixin' to get home," and they wished him well.

The word "home" should always evoke the happiest of thoughts, for it represents in human experience the spiritual idea that is sometimes referred to as "heaven." But if there are some whose present home conditions seem less than ideal—broken, perhaps, or clouded by strife or sorrow—they need not despair. Christian Science shows that the happiness of homelife rightly belongs to all, and it explains how the understanding of Truth can bring these joys into their experience now.

In its true sense home is not material, not a dwelling place of brick or stone erected in a particular location, inhabited by people —parents, grandparents, sisters, uncles, cousins, friends. It is mental, an idea. It represents spiritual qualities of God, divine Mind, the source of all true being—qualities we recognize humanly in such terms as peace, the warmth of trust and affection, tranquillity, contentment, shared joy, loving encouragement, security, and peace.

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A Theology of Life
December 19, 1970

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