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Eye on the world: Cherishing the innocence of our children

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In “Manchester attack: explaining terrorism to childrenThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “the attendees and victims of Monday night’s deadly attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, were primarily teen and pre-teens. That changes the math on how to help children understand the event.” The Monitor continues that “because children were among the 22 killed and teen girls were the overwhelming witnesses of the chaos and carnage,” this attack in particular is difficult to explain to children. “The latest attack comes as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a British charity, has reported a 35 percent rise in counseling sessions through their ‘Childline’ between 2014‒15 and 2015‒16. The reasons include everything from family matters to world affairs (including Brexit) to terrorism.” Children need to know that they are safe and free to enjoy the simple and innocent pleasures of adolescence. 

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From the Bible: 

Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. 

Genesis 50:21 

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man’s higher nature.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 62

Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives.

Miscellaneous Writings 1883‒1896, p. 110 

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel: 

In “Cherish innocence”: “The man of God’s creating, the image of Love, includes every aspect of loveliness—purity, selflessness, holiness. He reflects every facet of childlike innocence: joy, integrity, delight, spontaneity, attraction to goodness. And he reflects those qualities now, here.” And: “We can begin now to cherish innocence, put off material-mindedness, and view with compassion our worldwide family. As we pray for mankind, we will be fulfilling the commandment of Christ Jesus to love one another. We will see the childlike purity and innocence of our fellowman, and this will comfort and heal.” 

In “Divine Science—our Comforter and advocate”: “Sometimes, when praying for the healing of a difficult situation, we become so aware of God’s comforting love surrounding us that the awareness of divine Love’s presence is enough, by itself, to bring about the healing.” And “The words comforter and advocate point to two different aspects of the Christ, God’s eternal message of good. When we turn to God in times of need, we feel the presence of His tender, supportive love. And at the same time we find His Christ, with divine strength, providing the defense we need against the false claims of mortality.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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