Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe, at Home or Abroad

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Safe, at Home or Abroad

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A Christian Science perspective.

When our son called from the departure lounge at the airport to say goodbye, there was understandably a bit of apprehension in his voice. Now a young adult, he was soon to take off, traveling independently of us, to another continent for the first time, like many young people who study abroad or go to other continents for such projects as community service.

I felt some apprehension too. During his time abroad, our son would be outside the sphere of our immediate assistance if a difficult situation arose. But I'm grateful to say that quickly following that feeling of apprehension, I felt the conviction that God's protection and presence would be with him, so his time abroad would be safe and worthwhile. This feeling resulted from my study of Christian Science and the many ways it has helped me and my family over the years.

These days it has become more common for younger students to travel abroad, and many parents have apprehensions. Parents who might feel it wasn't long ago when they were reading their children "The Runaway Bunny," the children's classic that illustrates how it's impossible for a baby rabbit to escape its mother's love, are now faced with airport goodbyes as their sons or daughters head for distant lands.

It's not always easy to find the balance between being relaxed enough to allow one's growing children the freedom they may need to develop, and being "helicopter parents" - a term coined recently to describe overprotective mothers and fathers who hover over their offspring.

Christian Science provides valuable tools to help everyone find peace of mind and to pray and experience protection and well-being, whether they're at home or abroad. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy assured us: "When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path" (p. 254). By listening for divine guidance and direction, intelligent decisions can be made regarding travel for young people - whether they should go, where they go, when, and with whom. …

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