Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Never without God's Parenting

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Never without God's Parenting

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MY father died when I was sixteen. My mother did her best to raise me on her own. But over the years there were many times when I missed my father. As a Christian, I was well aware that Christ Jesus taught us to pray to God as "our Father." But somehow these words didn't have the same impact on me then as a "real" father would have had. I appreciated Jesus' life and teaching, but it seemed to me that Jesus had lived long ago and that his teachings were no longer relevant. When I became acquainted with Christian Science, however, I suddenly found Jesus' teachings brought to life. That we could and should prove the power of God in our daily lives made me look at Jesus' healing work with opened eyes. I saw the need for me to study what he taught in order to gain a clearer understanding of how spiritual healing can be accomplished. As a result of this intense study, I gained new insights into the Lord's Prayer, which begins, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name" (Matthew 6:9). I realized that God is my Father and that I am His spiritual idea, or offspring. As His idea, I could never be separated from Him. I felt I could turn to Him as I would have turned to a human father for guidance or comfort. As I became accustomed to going to our Father in prayer, something interesting began to happen: when a circumstance in my life called for "fathering," there would also be someone there who would be expressing those fathering qualities in a way that met my need. For example, when I bought my first car, the salesman helped me get insurance with a reputable firm. He even took me to get my license plates and showed me how to put them on! His kindness made me feel wonderfully cared for and close to God because by then I had begun to see that God's love can--and should--be evident in concrete ways in our experience. …
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