God's Care for His Children

Christ Jesus made use of some beautiful similes in the endeavor to bring to his listeners the truth of God's care for His children. One of these similes referred to the sparrow, a bird that mortals usually reckon of little value. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?" he said, "and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. . . . Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." The Master, with acumen begotten of marvelous spiritual understanding, saw beyond the mere shadowy material sense of things, saw the real spiritual identity of that which mortals account as of little value, and pronounced the great truth that even a sparrow is precious in His sight. And if a sparrow be regarded in this way by the Father, surely the children of men, whose real spiritual selves were created by Him, are much more precious to Him!

The Father's love for His creation—how faintly sometimes we seem to discern it! Yet, this love is unlimited: the Father is infinite Love. The word "Father" is such a kindly word, conveying as it does to us the thoughts of intelligent supervision, provision for our needs, righteous correction, wise guidance. And when one perceives that in reality the Father and the son—God and His idea, man—are never apart, one understands how the love of the Father can never cease to operate on man's behalf; that it is impossible for man to be deprived, even for an instant, of divine protection.

Mrs. Eddy, while adhering to the use of the word "Father" for God, also calls Him by the name of Mother. Indeed, in her writings she uses the compound word "Father-Mother" as a term for Deity. And what an expressive term this is! For not only does it convey the truth of God's in telligence and wisdom, but it also emphasizes His patient tenderness. Our Leader writes (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 332), "Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation." There is no trace of lovelessness in this relationship, no trace of harshness. It is one of constant love. The sparrow, as God's idea, is under the law of Love. Man, as God's idea, is under the law of Love. All of God's ideas are under the law of Love. Nothing, therefore, can injure God's spiritual creation.

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Running Our Race
January 11, 1930

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