Stand for Children Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life

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The responsible care of children has two vital sides. One is to provide an intelligent, nurturing environment for their free development. The other is to keep them safe from abuse and exploitation.

Worldwide attention will be given to both these responsibilities tomorrow at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. Thousands will gather for an event called Stand for Children day. This gathering is spearheaded by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

The statement of purpose for the event says, in part: "Stand for Children day on June 1 will be a day of family and community renewal, celebration and commitment to children. . . . It will be a day to commit ourselves as a national community to do more to improve the quality of children's lives: their health, safety, school readiness, education, and future."

Standing for children is neither begun nor finished through one event. But this grand occasion serves to make more visible the urgent and tender needs of children. An impressive group of over 1,500 endorsing organizations is striving to protect and uplift the lives of children, both before and after this event.

The Bible offers hope and help to those concerned with the welfare of children. The coming of the infant Jesus was prophesied, announced, and preserved by angels. It is natural to trust our children today to the care of angels-not angels of chance and superstition, but angels as defined in terms of the Bible's inspired message. Mary Baker Eddy, in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, spiritually defines those angels that must have surrounded Jesus as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (p. 581). Mrs. Eddy discovered the healing Science behind the life and works of Christ Jesus, and presented it to this age as Christian Science.

Angels, seen as "God's thoughts" coming to everyone, can be trusted to bring goodness and health. These heavenly thoughts are understood and felt as present, dependable, and adequate to guide all children and all those who care for them. …