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A successful move—a heartfelt welcome

From the September 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Journal readers, who also subscribe to The Herald of Christian Science, will find something quite new about their September Herald. All of our readers will enjoy this article by the former Managing Editor of the German Herald, Michael Seek, which also appears in all four editions of the September Herald in their respective languages. Visit and click on the September Herald of your choice to view the new editorial content of our sister publication, which Mary Baker Eddy named Herald “. . . to proclaim the universal activity and availability of Truth” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353).

On the way to buy something, I happened to look through the open door in the first floor of our house. The apartment was empty, no furniture, no lamps or carpets, and a young man was sweeping the floor. On the street a truck had just arrived. Sure, new tenants were to come. Who will that be? A couple with children? Three students to share a flat? Maybe two retired women who will be visited every weekend by their grandchildren? Questions over questions. Mentally I wished that the new tenants feel happy, and I wanted to greet them personally as soon as possible. One hour later several small cupboards were standing on the street, also chairs and several boxes. A number of young people were carrying boxes and paintings, and in the corridor a young woman was standing on a ladder, installing a lamp. The scene looked happy, even full of expectation.

The next day, when I went to get my mail, that very door opened. I remarked to the woman that the move must have been very fast. She replied, “Yes, we had so many helpers, so we were finished within two hours.” She smiled, and when I had welcomed her to our house, she smiled even more. Why do I tell you all this? We move! Wait, not me personally. By “we” I mean our Herald families, our readers. If you imagine our Herald readers, we were for years like friendly families who have lived in different locations. We knew some of the authors that have provided us over the years with good and inspiring articles. Many locations that were mentioned in the articles we knew were from our coastal or our mountain areas. Details were familiar to us. And sometimes holidays were mentioned that gave people a day off from work. 

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