Dedicated to the Lord

In the beautiful Bible story about Samuel we find that his mother's gratitude and trust in God were so great that she could say to Eli, "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord." I Sam. 1:27,28;

Parents today can learn a lesson from Hannah's faith in God's care for His own. On every side we are hearing of strife, discontent, and rebellion among the young. One of the problems that looms large is juvenile delinquency. Children who feel unwanted, neglected, abused, or trapped by possessive love, are showing their resentment and fear by defiance of law and order—and especially by defiance of parental control. Many parents who really love their children but who seek to prove it by indulging them feel that they are unable to cope with the situation. Though their children may not actually be delinquents, they are definitely fractious and disobedient.

For those who are desirous of helping their children to find their adjustment to modern life, Christian Science has an answer. Mrs. Eddy tells us: "Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. As the apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic poet: 'For we are also His offspring.'" Science and Health, p. 332;

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March 4, 1967

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