Moving House but Not Home

For some people, moving house is an annual or even more frequent routine. It can seem like a normal way of life for many families of people whose business interests and professions require constant relocation. They look upon it as a necessary evil and work to minimize disruption in their lives as a result of it.

Moving house need not upset or injure anyone. One mature and well-adjusted woman, now a Christian Scientist, admits to having moved so often in her childhood that she attended eighteen schools. But she insists that it did her no harm. Thinking about it now, in the light of what Christian Science has taught her in regard to home, she says she realizes that moving house is not identical with moving home. "Home is not a place but a power," Irving C. Tomlinson, Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1966), p. 156; as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, is reported to have once said. Obviously, then, one does not disrupt one's enjoyment of the power of home by changing one's physical location.

Home is not a material building but a God-given spiritual idea. This idea is inherited by every individual child of God and is experienced now as a state of consciousness redolent with those spiritual qualities that we associate with home and that make life a blessing—peace, safety, love, joy, companionship, and many more.

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