Treasuring our children

During the International Year of the Child the thoughts of many people turn quite naturally toward children, especially if they have had children of their own or wish they had some. Is there a concept of children all can enjoy—whether or not they have had families?

There is indeed. We might start by asking ourselves, "Who are our children?" Some will point to their physical offspring. Others to people toward whom they feel a special closeness, as Paul did when he wrote to Philemon concerning the runaway slave Onesimus: "I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds." Philem. 1:10; Or are we on the way to discovering that our children include the Christlike thoughts and qualities we receive from God, the Father Mind, every minute of the day? The allness of Spirit, for example, the perfection of God's creation, the inseparability of Mind and idea, the holiness of man—not to mention purity, wisdom, integrity, brotherhood. In the first part of her definition of "children" as a Bible term, Mrs. Eddy brings out this metaphysical aspect: "Children. The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love." Science and Health, p. 582;

Unity for a divided world
October 15, 1979

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