Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Child at Any Age Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Child at Any Age Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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MY husband and I had gone to a business function, and I was busy talking to a company vice- president. Suddenly there was an interruption; a five-year-old girl reached her hand out in front of me. Looking cheerfully up at the man, she said, "Hi, I'm Wendy!" He smiled, took her small hand in his big one, and said, "Hello."

Although this was a simple expression of kindness to a child, it reminded me of a lesson Christ Jesus taught his disciples long ago. Jesus showed the value of expressing childlike qualities regardless of one's age. In the book of Matthew in the Bible, we read that little children were brought to Jesus so that he might touch them and pray for them. The disciples, thinking that the children would be a bother, tried to stop this. But Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (19:14).

Among other things, this implies that age is not a determining factor when it comes to expressing childlikeness. Jesus was telling us that it is natural to express innocency, trust in God, humility, purity, love, gentleness, and unselfishness. Because we are each God's spiritual offspring-man and woman, as well as child-we reflect God. We are all, actually, His children. The qualities that come from God, who is as much a heavenly Mother as a Father, are a natural part of our inheritance. A book by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, discusses God and Jesus, parenthood and childhood. It is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. It says: "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear,-this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony. The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God' " (pp. 323-324). I asked myself what it means to leave "false landmarks." I realized the landmarks could be things often associated with adulthood and achievement, but which are not good, but "false. …

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