A Gift for the New Baby

After the crib sheets, blankets, and stuffed toys have been received, what is there that the parents of a new baby can give him? There is a gift far more valuable in promoting the child's health, happiness, and success than any material gift or even the necessary, tender, human love. This gift is a spiritually correct concept of the child's true being.

Perfecting our understanding of being is a daily, even hourly, task. A good place to begin is with the opening phrase of Mrs. Eddy's definition of "children" given in Science and Health: "The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love." Science and Health, p. 582; What freedom it brings to understand that the little one, instead of being a material mortal, is a spiritual being! As the spiritual child of God, he is untouched by discord of any kind. He is free to express all the qualities of Spirit, God. Peace, health, intelligence, joy, are qualities he expresses as the representative of Life, Truth, and Love.

February 9, 1974

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