A College Student Writes

Honoring Our Parents

In Christian Science we learn that our only true Father and Mother is God, but this does not release us from the debt of gratitude we owe to our human parents who lovingly share their home with us. The kindness of parents should not go unappreciated merely because a child feels that it is his parents' duty to provide for him. Gratitude cannot be overlooked.

In her book "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy asks, "Art thou a child, and hast added one furrow to the brow of care?" Mis., p. 339; In the same paragraph she continues: "Hast thou a friend, and gettest to be grateful? Remember, that for all this thou alone canst and must atone."

We must atone. So if a parent has been a friend by providing a home for a child and the child has accepted the blessings of home and grown up forgetting to be grateful, he must make amends and reverse the belief that injustice and ingratitude can be expressed by man. Or if a child is presently enjoying the benefits of living with parents, it is important that he express gratitude now and contribute to the healing atmosphere of the home.

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June 17, 1967

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