The Power of Motherhood

During my first year as a schoolteacher I witnessed an example of the power of the mother qualities when expressed in human experience. A boy who had gotten into some trouble in his class was describing the event to a group of friends in the schoolyard. As I approached the scene it became obvious that the tale being told was highly distorted in the direction of making the delinquent one seem a hero. I was about to administer a scolding to set things right when another teacher, who was walking with me, a dear, motherly type, lovingly touched the boy's shoulder and said, "Now, Joe, why don't you tell what really happened?" The boy hung his head, meekly admitted he had not been telling the truth, and gave the facts correctly.

In Christian Science we learn that the carnal or mortal mind tells lies about God and man, declaring God to be material and man subject to sin, disease, and death. But mortal mind cannot continue to tell these lies where the qualities of Love's motherhood are reflected.

Christ Jesus reflected the mother qualities in his healing work, showing tenderness and compassion as well as the light of Love, which negates error. In saving the woman taken in adultery, he said to her accusers (John 8:7-9): "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her .... And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one." Her accusers gone, he said, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

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