A home no one can take away from you

Consciously abiding in the presence of God—feeling the heavenly peace that comes when you rest your thoughts in His almighty, healing love—is always a source of tangible comfort and help. Even if you feel afraid or abandoned or disenfranchised. Even if—like hundreds of thousands of people from Boston to New Orleans to Moscow to Tokyo to London to South Africa to North Korea to southern China to Germany to the former Yugoslavia—you don't at the moment have a decent place to sleep at night.

Focusing on the spiritual essence of anything you have to accomplish—whether it's rebuilding your life after a devastating loss or finding a home when you're homeless—takes away fear and hopelessness. Why? Because it puts God—and His never-ending capability, His constant care—front and center. And it quiets the trepidations that come when you think that it all depends on you; that there's nothing to keep you from stumbling over personal weaknesses or being crushed by misfortunes.

Something else also happens when you put God center stage. You discover that you're not the beleaguered, abandoned soul you might have thought you were. Instead, you're the glory-bound child of the all-glorious One. You're the spiritual, faultless, cherished "image" of God, of Spirit itself, as the Bible says (Gen. 1:27).

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May 13, 1996

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