"Our Father-Mother God"

One Sunday morning last spring, while the juvenile Sunday school class was assembled in our little circle, the thought was expressed that it was "Mother's Day." Among the children present were a little brother and sister whose earthly parents had passed away, and as the eyes of these two dear ones met, instantly they began to fill with tears; then the children folded their arms around each other. I felt I must have the little girl close beside me, while I reflected all the love I could to the little boy, her brother. We commenced the class work at once by repeating, "Our Father which art in heaven," with its spiritual interpretation which begins on page 16 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." As the little girl repeated, "Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious," the children's eyes met again, but the tears had vanished, and they could see that divine Love was both Father and Mother, and this led up to the closing statement: "God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All." All present seemed to grasp the meaning of this beautiful, inspired interpretation clearly, peacefully, quietly, and so understandingly. The little ones' faces were illumined, for we all felt and realized that man lives in Love, and that this understanding of Love vanquishes all belief in death. As I walked home I wished that every orphan boy and girl the world over could understand what we had reached that morning, and that the white blossoms of new hope would spring up and prove to them that, as Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 336), "God is the parent Mind, and man is God's spiritual offspring."

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