Cherishing Our Children

We all should consider ourselves as having children to care for. Even singles, newlyweds, and grandparents have an opportunity to bring to children an important measure of love and appreciation. Children in society urgently need the special contribution students of Christian Science can make to their welfare.

A brief scan of surfacing public attitudes toward children awakens us to the fact that their welfare is endangered. Recent surveys show that a large majority of mothers, were they given the opportunity to choose again, would not have children. A rash of films in recent years has portrayed children as demonically possessed. Child abuse and neglect and an increasing suicide rate for young people—all point clearly to great need for protecting children and bringing healing to society's attitude toward them.

Parents will love their children in the degree they understand them. And a genuine understanding will come as human thought begins to awake to a child's true spiritual nature. The child of God's creating is whole and pure. He expresses goodness, maturity, joy, and lovableness. Even in the midst of opposing evidence, the child's true nature remains unchanged. As the parent is sufficiently spiritually-minded, he will recognize authentic spiritual characteristics, and the child's activity will begin to match the parent's vision.

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Testimony of Healing
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July 4, 1977

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