Parents and Children at Peace

The following promise in Isaiah is comforting to parents in bringing up their children in these uncertain times: "All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." Isa. 54:13;

Fortunate indeed are parents who understand even a little of the teachings of Christian Science. When the generation gap between them and their children seems difficult to bridge and there is disagreement with them about where they should go, whom they should be with, and what they should wear, parents can begin at once to acknowledge divine Mind's allness and the falsity of conflicting mortal minds. Their children will respond when, instead of spending futile time and energy in argument that only leads to more contention, these parents find their peace by turning to God in prayer, studying the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy, and acknowledging that there is but one loving Mind.

Parents should strive to understand that God is Father and Mother, the one divine Parent; that, because God, divine Love, is in control of His universe, disobedience, ingratitude, and rudeness are unknown to God and therefore unexpressed by His children. They should affirm the attractiveness of good and the unattractiveness of error, its illusiveness and the impotence of its seeming downward pull. Also, parents should deny fear and the world's belief of rebellion and immorality and replace these errors with the spiritual fact of God's control of His children and of man as His perfect idea, loving, lovable, satisfied, and forever at peace. They should see that God's infinite peace can never be invaded by mortal beliefs nor any false claim threaten the peace of His pure and perfect ideas.

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