On Guarding Our Children

That our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, recognized the great importance, both to our Cause and to the human race, of cherishing and guarding the pure consciousness of the child is amply evidenced by her references to this subject. On page 261 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" she writes: "Too much cannot be done towards guarding and guiding well the germinating and inclining thought of childhood. To mould aright the first impressions of innocence, aids in perpetuating purity and in unfolding the immortal model, man in His [God's] image and likeness." Thus she indicates the sacred charge devolving upon those whose privilege it is to be the guardians on earth of the precious children; and especially does this apply to parents, upon whom chiefly falls the task of maintaining the mental environment in which the children may unfold into happy usefulness.

To Christian Scientists this opportunity to preserve untarnished those childlike qualities which indeed bring a foretaste of heaven to earth, is of special import. To them, through our Leader's consecrated life-work, have been given the means to overcome the false beliefs which claim to beset the pathway for innocent little feet and to dim that purity of thought to which our Master referred when he said, "I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

"The panoply of Love"
March 13, 1926

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