Oh, give me a home, where the Labradors roam
Originally appeared on spirituality.com
About three years ago it came time for me to move. But one of the challenges I faced was finding a new home that was both affordable and that had a landlord who would allow my two large Labradors. I spent over a year looking for an apartment, and the task often seemed overwhelming. At times I would get discouraged and feel stressed, but with the help of a Christian Science practitioner I found many loving and supporting ideas that lifted me out of feeling emotional to understanding myself as a calm expression of God, Love. This enabled me to make difficult decisions wisely and quelled the discouraging thoughts that fed any fear of lack.
During this time I read a passage in the Weekly Bible Lesson that inspired me to view my situation differently. It stated, “Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas” (Science and Health, p.475).
I reasoned that my two lovable Labs and I were ideas of God, Love. We expressed love, companionship, security, tenderness, family. Furthermore, I felt we had been rightly put together.
God’s ideas are expressed distinctly and uniquely, and the passages I was reading also supported the uniting of these ideas into an expression of family, or neighborhood, community, and city.
I found comfort in knowing that God had given these two dogs a loving home with me and had given me two great companions; that we were rightly joined together as His expression. And Love wouldn’t have put us together without providing a place for all of us to go.
To me this was the realization of true home. And as I continued to pray, I saw that we were already home in the harmony of Mind and the environment Mind provides for us. Home wasn’t a place we needed to go to or a building we needed to keep us together; home was and is the inherent operation of the one harmonious Mind expressing our real being. We could never be separated from Mind, and never separated from our home.
Science and Health defines Mind as, “The only I, or Us; the only Spirit, Soul, divine Principle, substance, Life, Truth, Love; the one God; not that which is in man, but the divine Principle, or God, of whom man is the full and perfect expression; Deity, which outlines but is not outlined” (p.591). Harmonious, omnipotent Mind is expressed everywhere and at all times, without interruption. Mind is our surrounding and the environment of our being. Home is our atmosphere and our circumstance, an encircling view of our spiritual identity. Our home can only be Love – because Love, another synonym for God, is also All-in-all.
Realizing this made me fully aware that each expression, including my Labradors and me, is always at home and that our needs would be met with a place for us to move to. Mind, Love, was outlining our home. And shortly thereafter, a home was in fact made available to us. It was a perfect fit, located in a great neighborhood. The dogs and I were offered the place within thirty minutes of meeting the new landlord in person, even though over the phone he had indicated that dogs would not be allowed.
The ideas about home that I gained from this experience have been helpful when I have met people who have lost their homes. I live in the western United States, in an area where wildfires have sprung up and consumed houses in the past several years. But as a Christian Scientist, I know I can do more than just pass along a compassionate condolence to these individuals. Instead, I can support them by realizing their home too is completely intact as God’s right idea, and that the qualities of home are fully expressed where they are standing at that moment. Their home is already outlined and can be manifested in a practical and concrete way, meeting all their needs without interruption of expression.
Mrs. Eddy made the statement in Science and Health that “Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections” (p. 58). This new spiritual light has brought me to see how our home is our precious spiritual individuality, our being. It is at the very center of our lives.
The image of Love:
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