Several years ago, I visited a friend who was restoring her home. As she talked about her different house projects, she explained that while the fireplace was the original, the mantel on the fireplace was not. She planned to take off the false mantel and put on a new mantel, built in the likeness of the original.
While listening to her, I realized I needed to do some dismantling and remodeling of my own—not in my physical house, but in the way I was thinking about things; particularly, in the way I was thinking about church. A thought came to me that my concept of church needed to be dismantled and rebuilt in the likeness of what church really is. I knew I needed to look higher, to view church from a more spiritual standpoint.
I was inspired by this spiritual definition of Church given by Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Church. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.