Who has not rejoiced to see the simple and unquestioning faith of a little child as he trustingly places his hands in those of his parents and is led into new places and new experiences? He does not fear to follow his parents' leading nor does he hesitate to go forward. And often he is inclined to run ahead, joyously investigating new beauties and experiences, radiantly returning to his father and mother to share with them his delight in the new treasures he has beheld.

Mary Baker Eddy says (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 323, 324), "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea." Gladness, harmony, and purification of self are qualities resulting from such willingness and from the pure, childlike thought which beholds God. Jesus pointed out to his disciples the necessity of becoming as a little child. In speaking of children he said (Matt. 18:10), "Their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Innocence, selflessness, and purity always reflect God and are forever at one with Life, Truth, and Love. The thought that is filled with such lovely childlike qualities is indeed ready for progress in Christian Science, the Science which reveals the true nature of God and of man made in the image and likeness of this perfect One.

In Christian Science we learn that man is and forever has been the spiritual child or son of God. As we advance in this truth, we gain a clearer realization of the facts regarding our true selfhood. We obtain a stronger faith in God as our Father-Mother, who is ever holding us in His loving care and tenderly leading us in the way of eternal life. As such scientific child-likeness unfolds to us, the way opens before us as a safe and joyous road, in which the crooked places of human belief in sin, sickness, and death straighten out before our willing feet. We behold a new view of God and man: Principle and its idea, expressing forever the divine law of goodness. Inevitably healings of many kinds follow such purification of thought.

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