The kingdom—within and without

I have a post-it note on my computer monitor that says: "Divine presence, breathe Thou Thy blessing on every heart in this house." That quote comes from a sermon by Mary Baker Eddy in which she also wrote: "May the kingdom of God within you,—with you alway,—reascending, bear you outward, upward, heavenward" (Pulpit and Press, pp. 10-11).

I love praying with these ideas. They impel me to stretch my thought beyond my own circumstances, beyond even my own home borders. It's truly awe-inspiring to think about what it means to be a part of God's kingdom, never to leave it, always to be "within" it. In this inner sanctuary each one of us is fortified, protected, embraced in God's love. In fact, it is this very state of "within-ness" that then naturally propels us "outward, upward, heavenward."

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