In caring for their little ones, mothers sometimes feel a false sense of responsibility. The teachings of Christian Science can dissipate this fear. Even a new student of this Science feels at peace and begins to drop her burdens when she has grasped the basic lesson, namely, that God is cause and that man, His child, is consequence.

God is both Father and Mother, creating only that which is perfect. Moreover, God is Love, ceaselessly and eternally caring for His offspring. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 257), "Mind creates His own likeness in ideas, and the substance of an idea is very far from being the supposed substance of non-intelligent matter."

This sentence makes it very clear that God creates His own likeness, not discordant mortality, and that this likeness is not flesh and blood, but idea. The "supposed substance: of non-intelligent matter"—flesh, blood, bones—is the false concept of man which humanity has accepted. But when we begin to perceive that because God is, man is; that lie always will be; that he does not have to be born, grow up, and die, then we can identify the true selfhood of our child as at one with God, as His reflection, and see that he can never be separated from God because he is God's idea, the representative of Mind, Life, and Love. The signs following this under-landing" of man's oneness with God will be manifest in an increased sense of health, intelligence, and joy for the child. He will show better growth and progress. Contagion, teething upsets, accidents, and other childhood difficulties will come less often into his experience and will finally be eliminated, because we shall recognize them for what they are—mere beliefs with no power behind them—and we shall see man as complete and perfect now, not advancing towards perfection.

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August 25, 1951

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