Home: a spiritual concept

The answer to our search for home is found in the consciousness of our unity with God.

An essayist wrote in The Christian Science Monitor: "Most of us spend our lives searching for the place, the house, the country, where we ought to be. ... This search for our place is something most of us share, otherwise why would we keep buying houses, moving, looking for the 'perfect' house? There is no perfect house except in the country of the heart and, there, you alone may find it."

Home, one of the most cherished concepts, is, as the writer above brings out, far more than a house, far more than the traditional definition of "dwelling place." Home has definite spiritual meaning; real home is found within, in our consciousness of God's presence.

What did Christ Jesus teach us about the real nature of home? Where did he find his home, since he apparently had no permanent place during his public ministry that he called "home"? Jesus found everything he needed in his knowledge of his oneness with God. And he taught his followers to seek the kingdom of God within their own thinking. He said, as Matthew's Gospel records, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Jesus proved that in looking to God alone we find everything we need humanly.

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A timely letter
March 8, 1993

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