It's natural to care deeply about community. Real love for family extends to neighbors—and overflows for the whole of society. This occasional column tells of how a spiritual perspective has been helping Sentinel readers help others and make a contribution to healing some of the collective challenges facing communities today.

My desire to help homeless people deepened after I began the study of Christian Science. At that time I was healed of multiple sclerosis. (An account of that healing was published in a March 1983 Sentinel.) That healing changed my life. Since that time I have been on a journey to understand that we are all children of God. The Bible says, "Now are we the sons of God." And everything I've done since that time has been an attempt to understand better and to better manifest that spiritual fact.

In 1987 around Christmastime I had been praying about the homeless and looking for a way to express that prayer when I saw a brief television program about Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for those who would probably not otherwise be able to afford owning their own home. I don't remember much about the television show, but it came through that this housing program was a commitment to helping our fellowman on a long-term basis, a specific expression of divine Love being reflected by man.

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Lonely at Christmas?
December 24, 1990

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