How often one hears the remark, "I wish I could be a child again." Surely no one wants to return to the limitations of mortal mind's concept of childhood. Back of this longing must be dissatisfaction with one's present estate. It might stem from a sense of loneliness, frustration, remorse, or responsibility, or from any of the burdened states of thought which seem to harass the adult.

These errors are overcome not by turning back, but by going forward in the higher understanding of God and of man's relationship to Him. The spiritual qualities, which are more clearly seen in the child thought, are what we really long for, and not the false physical aspects. These qualities we may all attain through the study and application of the truths of Christian Science.

Let us consider some of these qualities. In the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy tells us (p. 236), "Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right." Through Christian Science we find that freedom from wrong may be ours by realizing that God, good, is the only creator and that He never made man capable of wrong thinking or doing. We must refuse to yield to hypnotic suggestions or to the temptations to indulge in wrong thinking or acting, thereby making a reality of error. Purity, integrity, and affection are our true attributes. These are the thoughts we are to cherish in order to win freedom from wrong.

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December 10, 1955

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