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February 26, 2018

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Home is more than a place where we feel comfortable and safe; it's also a feeling of having a purpose, and a sense of belonging. How can we better feel this sense of home, and even welcome others into it? A while ago, I was visiting family in South Africa. I love that country and my relatives, so it wasn't hard to find a comfortable groove once I arrived. But within a few days, I found myself rebelling against simply having a self-focused vaca - tion; I really wanted to feel like I had a purpose there. I was soon able to find an opportunity to volunteer, teaching disabled Zulu and Xhosa children how to ride on horseback. Seeing the smiles on their faces, realizing that love truly is universal, rejoicing in their victo - ries, and supporting them in their struggles, I discovered a true sense of purpose. Interestingly, directly in tandem with my dawning sense of selfless service, I was also finding a deeper, truer sense of home, of belonging. The landscape was the same, my family was the same, but I was mentally looking outward instead of inward, and in that way, I found home. No, I didn't move to that beautiful coun - try; this was a deep, abiding, spiritual sense of home that came to me, which was independent of place. Yet it has proved to be a rock and a shelter ever since. I like to think of this experience as learning to "let my light shine." Christ Je - sus put it this way: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16, New King James Version). In a way, it's natural that I found my sense of home as I let my light shine, because we see most clearly when there is light! But the light Jesus was talking about wasn't a physical or personal light, but rather a recognition of what we truly are – what God, our Father and Mother, made us as. That spiritual sense of things, that spiritual light, reveals the substance of Spirit, God, and includes a deeper, more permanent sense of home. As this verse from a poem titled "Home" explains: Home is the Father's sweet "Well done," God's daily, hourly gift of grace. We go to meet our neighbor's need, And find our home in every place. [Rosemary Cobham, alt., "Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603," No. 497] We don't let our light shine so that we can show off how good we are. We shine, or express God's joy and love, to show how good God is! Monitor founder Mary Baker Eddy elaborated on this idea when she wrote, "Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 250). As the creation, or outcome, of God, it's natural that we would each be able to live our true identity as the spiritual reflection of His peace and goodness. And it's there, in God's in - finite love, that we find our true home, which can never be lost because we can never be separated from God. All of us have the ability to let our light shine and therefore see more of what we are, and what our purpose is. Because we are the spiritual outcome of God, to know ourselves – including our sense of home – is a fruit of knowing God. And what yields this sense of home is letting God's love minister to us, being alert for the ways His love is being expressed, and being willing to keep embracing others in that growing sense of home. – John Biggs Finding home in letting our light shine A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE IN COPPERBELT, ZAMBIA, it's been 35 years since a game ranger left a badly in- jured baby chimp in the care of cattle ranch- ers David and Sheila Siddle. The Siddles didn't know anything about chimps, but they cared for the struggling little orphan – whom they named Pal – as they would have cared for a human baby. Defying expec- tations, Pal recov- ered. As word got around, other peo- ple began bring- ing orphaned and injured chimps to the Siddles. To d a y, w h a t was once the Siddles' ranch is now the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, one of the oldest and largest chimpanzee reserves in the world. The refuge is home to about 120 chimps and other species such as parrots, antelopes, owls, and buzzards. Pal, who will turn 35 this year, is still in residence. The refuge employs about 70 local residents. IN SOMALIA, a young social activist is offering former child soldiers and other war victims a chance to heal through surfing. As unlikely as it might sound, the idea makes a lot of geographic sense. Somalia has one of the longest (1,880 miles) and loveliest coastlines in Africa. Decades of fighting made the beaches unsafe, but now, in more peaceful times, says Ilwad Elman, a 28-year-old social activist and founder of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center, the ocean can be put to better use. "So many of the people we work with have been in survival mode their whole lives," Ms. Elman told Quartz. Surf therapy has been "a great tool," she says, to begin conversations and start the healing process. IN ANTARCTICA, they're hiring. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for workers to sign contracts for summer work (six months) or winter work (18 months) at their five research stations in the Antarctic and subantarctic South Georgia. Yes, they need marine biologists, but they're also looking for chefs, carpenters, boat managers, and support staff. The BAS is describing these jobs as "the coolest in the world." – Staff meanwhile ... TOTO, A CHIMFUNSHI RESIDENT SALIM HENRY/REUTERS/FILE THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | FEBRUARY 26, 2018 43

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