Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Children Are a Blessing

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Children Are a Blessing

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It isn't unusual for prospective parents to anticipate the arrival of a new baby with a kind of euphoric bliss, and then, within the first few weeks of the baby's arrival, to find themselves hitting the wall of realization that parenting is really hard. Lack of sleep, perhaps lack of funds, or lack of time to get things done around the house - these can make parents wonder, "What have we gotten ourselves into?"

When my oldest daughter was expecting her first child, I knew I was going to have to do some hands-on grandparenting as unusual circumstances had positioned her as a single parent. Everything in me wanted to help my daughter and grandchild, but I also felt overwhelmed as I wondered how I would carry on my public practice of Christian Science healing while taking care of the baby all afternoon so my daughter could go to work.

One day as I prayed to be freed from concern about the potential burden this situation could bring, a Bible verse came to thought: "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him" (Ecclesiastes 3:14). In that moment I caught a glimpse of the spiritual fact that nothing more could be added to what God is always doing. Since God is infinite - Father and Mother to all - God already includes all being and is caring for it.

This meant that I was not so much being asked to take on more responsibility. I was actually being asked to acknowledge more of God's infinite ability to sustain every one of us. I needed to rest humbly in this acknowledgment and lean more on God - by expressing God's love in selflessness and goodness. I also caught a glimpse of the fact that God, divine Love, knows each one of us as unique, precious, and spiritual individuals whom He perpetually cares for. …

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