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To really belong

From the March 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There’s an almost insuppressible human desire for connection—to others, to our immediate social environment, to the larger human family. Every one of us yearns, on some level, to feel that we belong somewhere—and to someone. We want to feel safe, that we have a home. Most of all, we want to feel cherished and loved, validated and understood.

A beautiful Bible verse captures the essence of what we long to experience: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (I Cor. 13:12).

Paul, who wrote this to a group of early Christians, was voicing one of the most prevalent desires of the human heart—the desire to move beyond superficial connections to a deep sense of belonging and worth. He implies that what we seek lies only in a conscious awareness of how God knows and loves us, and how we naturally respond to that love.

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