Teaching the Child

To the young mother who is a student of Christian Science the thought often comes, and always accompanied by a heart overflowing with gratitude, that through her study of this truth she knows definitely what she should teach her child about God and the child's relation to our heavenly Father. For us to realize what this will mean to the child in future years, it is only necessary to think back on our own lives and recall incidents which, had they been explained scientifically, would have corrected then and there the erroneous impression that most of us held of God.

The writer remembers several incidents of this sort in her own life, and in thinking of them recently in relation to questions which her little girl might some time ask, she was deeply thankful that they could be clearly and helpfully explained in the light of Christian Science. One of these occurred when the writer was about the age of four. She was staying in the country with her grandmother when one day there came to the door a pack-peddler who had only one leg, the other having been amputated. The child was silent as she stood at the door, but when the peddler started away she turned to her grandmother, her eyes filled with sorrow and pity, and said, "God forgot to finish him, didn't He?"

Should this same question come to a mother enlightened by the truth as taught in Christian Science, she would gladly take the opportunity to unfold to the inquiring little mind some facts concerning God's spiritual creation,—that God made all and that all of His creation is forever perfect; that whatever seems imperfect is only a belief of mortal mind, and that in proportion as we understand and know the truth clearly the imperfections will vanish. The little one can be told that it has its share to do in bringing this realization of heaven on earth to pass.

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"Reserved in heaven"
December 30, 1916

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