It would seem that a bachelor is never more lonely than when...

It would seem that a bachelor is never more lonely than when visiting a family campground. I found this out a few years ago when camping with friends. While walking the trails between the campsites, I took note of every family—Mom and Dad cooking over the fire while children played nearby—and I felt completely shut out.

So I decided to pray as I walked along. Through studying Christian Science I'd learned that God loves all His children impartially. I expected God to provide me with a comforting, healing thought, so I listened quietly. After a few moments, these familiar words of Christ Jesus' came to mind (John 12:32): "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." I realized that Jesus had been speaking of the Christ, his spiritual selfhood, and almost at once this description of the Christ in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy came to thought (p. 331): "the spiritual idea of sonship."

April 22, 1985
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