The Motherhood of God

"As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you;" so speaks the prophet Isaiah concerning God. How many memories are associated with the comforting received from one's mother at those times when fears, pains, childhood's disappointments and tragedies seemed overwhelming! The comforting quality of mother-love is early recognized by the average child, who turns instantly in time of trouble to its mother, confident that, no matter what the difficulty may be, all will be well when it reaches her arms.

Christian Science teaches that God is not only our Father, but also our Mother, and that our Father-Mother God is omnipotent, ever available to each and every one of us. The solution of every human problem necessitates the realization of the true nature of God and man and their relation to each other. If one has been in the habit of recognizing God only as Father, one's understanding of God has been incomplete, for it has been motherless. Through this limited concept of God one has not been availing one's self of one's divine right not only to be mothered, in the highest sense, but also to express, through reflection, the spirit of true motherhood.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 465), in answer to the question, "What is God?" we read, "God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love." As we look to God, we find the motherhood and fatherhood of Mind intelligently guiding and directing the footsteps of His every child; we hear the ever present voice of which Isaiah spoke: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." We find the motherhood and fatherhood of Spirit, that recognizes only the true creation, that nourishes each of God's children with the bread from heaven, clothing each with the seamless robe of Truth. We recognize the fatherhood and motherhood of Soul, inspiring through purity, ever affirming the eternal nature of "the things which are not seen" and ever denying the reality of material sense testimony. We see the great motherhood and fatherhood of Principle, holding each one constantly obedient to the perfect law of God, maintaining his true heritage as a joint heir with Christ, maintaining his honor, integrity, justice, and righteousness. We behold the eternal motherhood and fatherhood of Life, which conceives man as the perfect idea, ever conscious of his pure nature, eternally expressing the immortality of being. We find the fatherhood and motherhood of Truth, expressing all that is real, immutable, and eternal; a consciousness, the very foundation of which is able to withstand the elements of mortal mind, a fortress in time of battle, a shelter in time of want, a habitation in time of peace—the house in which Jesus said there are many mansions, infinite ideas of divine Mind, and into which all may enter, there to find rest, peace, comfort, refreshment, the consciousness in which to be joyous and care-free, singing songs of thanksgiving.

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