Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Praying for Children

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Praying for Children

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WHAT can one person do to help the world's children receive the love and nurturing that they deserve? To hope that a neglected child may someday find love and self-worth, or that justice may prevail eventually, is not enough, is it? Surely all children everywhere deserve comfort and care right now. Our prayers can bring this ideal closer to reality. Often my own praying starts with the prayer the Master, Christ Jesus, taught. The Lord's Prayer begins, "Our Father which art in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, gives depth to our understanding of the Lord's Prayer by showing us its spir- itual meaning. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures she says of this phrase: "Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious" (p. 16). God is the real Father and Mother of each of us-- of every child and every adult. This fact is not a future hope, but is a present law. Understand- ing God's love for what He creates has already brought healing to many lives. When we begin our prayers by turning to "our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious," we are acknowledging the presence of God, and the presence with us of those spiritual qualities He provides to His offspring. We might associate God's fathering with provision and protection, His mothering with comfort and cherishing. Then, because God is universal, our prayer helps us to see that His supply of parenting qualities is everywhere present. St. Paul urges in his letter to the Philippians, "Rejoice in the Lord alway." And he goes on to assure us, "The Lord is at hand" (4:4, 5). The Bible gives us many proofs of God's caring presence at work, creating and preserving all He creates. The one Father-Mother is watching over His children. They are all precious to Him. What's wonderful about this is that since God, divine Spirit, made His creation spiritual, like Himself, we don't have to wait until later to be spiritual. We do, however, need to recognize that we are, in reality, spiritual now and see what this means in our lives. This change gives us a new basis from which to meet the needs of the world's children. …
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