The Father Has Not Left Us Alone

"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; Mary Baker Eddy is recorded as saying. The understanding of this profound description of home by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science can mean much to those living alone. And it can be just as helpful to those who sometimes feel alone even though living within a family. What is this power that is home but the power of divine Love?

Substituting the word "Love" for "the Lord" in the last verse of the twenty-third Psalm, Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [love] for ever." Science and Health, p. 578; Man, the cherished, spiritual idea of God, made in God's image, dwells in divine Love and is conscious of being loved.

How can this understanding help those who feel alone to overcome persistent suggestions of incompleteness—of loneliness, isolation, insecurity, uselessness?

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April 9, 1977

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