Joy in Motherhood

Release from the bondage of maternal anxiety and fear is one of the many blessings Christian Science is bringing to mankind. Through understanding the real man as the son of God, made in His image and likeness, the child of His care, divinely directed and protected in all his activities, the human mother may experience serenity, satisfaction, and joy in her thought of her child.

Jesus many times referred to God as "Father," and the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has brought to light the motherhood of God, since He is the sole source and creator of all that exists. In her spiritual interpretation of the Lord's Prayer, on page 16 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy interprets the phrase, "Our Father which art in heaven," as meaning, "Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious." Authority for this term is given in the first chapter of Genesis, where it is recorded that "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Therefore God includes both masculine and feminine qualities; He is the Parent of all, the Father-Mother God. Love is the essence of motherhood, and Love in Christian Science is synonymous with God.

Christian Science and the War Worker
October 23, 1943

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