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It's an upbeat journey to make. The trip home—say, at Christmas or for summer vacation—includes old friends or family ready to hear the latest success stories and add to the applause. It's a time to bask in the warmth of belonging. Usually.
But there's also a downbeat kind of coming home. It happens after a failed marriage or failed career; after wrecking some special opportunity, perhaps damaging someone close in the process. That journey home can be a humiliating admission of defeat. It's the kind of coming home the prodigal son in Christ Jesus' well-known parable faced. It's the kind not a few of us have had to face somewhere along the way. It's the kind that presents us with a choice: We can sink in despair and self-pity. Or we can wrench a blessing from the experience, climbing to a solid platform from which to launch our life anew. That's always a possibility, no matter how total the failure. There are specific spiritual facts that make this so.
Christmas, Christ, and evolution
A. W. PHINNEY
Christmas and conception
Why was I born? What does it mean?
MICHAEL D. RISSLER
Conception and perception
KATHRYN A. KNOX
God's child, not His great ... great-grandchild
STIG KIÆR CHRISTIANSEN
The star still shines
Vesture of the Christ
JEAN M. LANGERMAN
On the magnitude of Jesus' mission
Man is not defective
CAROLYN B. SWAN
SUE A. SPOTTS
Take it from the top!
Madora Fay McKenzie
Through my study of Christian Science I have...
MARQUE H. CAMPBELL with contributions from RAYMOND H. CAMPBELL
I would like to express gratitude for the grand healing that took...
DAVID M. PETTEYS with contributions from BETTIE HOWE PETTEYS
It's a joy to be a Christian Scientist! The teachings of Science...
DELLA MARIE WRIGHT