The thought of home is dear to everyone. To the human mind it symbolizes comfort and security, a place where one is loved and sheltered, where one may center his affections, and from which he may reach out to help the community and the world.
Many a heart yearns for a home which expresses the beauty, goodness, and peace which satisfy and bless. Such a home is possible for all, since true home is spiritual, God-given to man. In the measure that we establish the true concept of home in our consciousness will a home wherein industry,supply, purity, constancy, and affection are the rule be achieved. When spiritual truth is sought and acknowledged as the impelling force in the home, it becomes natural for individual members to work together in loving co-operation, supporting each other and yielding to each other the right to be self-governed by being God-governed.
The human home which begins with the bride and bridegroom is founded on the agreement of two people to love, honor, and cherish each other, to work together toward an objective desired by both. In the light of Christian Science the marriage vows take on a new meaning, for through its teachings one learns that to truly love, honor, and cherish another each must love, honor, and cherish the truth that the real selfhood of both individuals in the marriage contract is spiritual and perfect, made in God's likeness. A right view of marriage is needed to keep it sweet and enduring. The marriage contract never becomes burdensome or fails of success when the spiritual import of the wedding vows is understood and practiced. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 65), "May Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man's spiritual and eternal existence may be discerned."
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