Many people believe that women need children to experience fulfillment and that a husband and wife are bound together more closely through fatherhood and motherhood. Many couples who choose to remain childless experience a full measure of contentment and fulfillment. But for those who want children, to be childless is a difficult problem. There are times when a childless couple endures remarks such as, "A home is not a home without children," or "You don't know what you are missing."

Now these remarks are not meant to cause sadness, but in most cases they do. Must one endure this sense of lack and inadequacy and make the best of the situation, or can something be done to fill this seeming void?

The Christian Scientist naturally turns to God for an answer. He prays about this situation by reasoning from the allness of God to the completeness of His creation, man. Since God is Father-Mother as we are taught in Christian Science, then man, His image and likeness, expresses the qualities of both fatherhood and motherhood—such qualities as unselfed love, tenderness, patience, warmth, confidence, strength, courage, and purity.

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Diana Helps Her Father
November 13, 1965

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