Seeing the promise of children

Jesus loved children. Most of us would say that we love them too. But do we love them as he did? Mrs. Eddy writes, "Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right." Science and Health, p. 236;

Christ Jesus is the Master. He is our example. As we accept his Principle-derived ways and thoughts as our own we will strive to identify children with all that is right and good—God's expression. We will recognize that whatever seems wrong with children should not be identified with them or an individual child, but with the lie, the false sense of creation that fathers and destroys itself. Love for children is natural and Christlike when we dissociate them from sensualism, worldly beliefs, and material history and relate them to divine Truth, Life, and Love.

We can look beyond material sense testimony to the divine appointment for every child—the Christly appointment—to manifest spiritual power and glorify God. Even as an infant, Jesus was recognized as coming in fulfillment of God's healing and saving power on earth. Following the customs of his day, his parents brought him to Jerusalem into the temple. They were met by Simeon, a holy man of God. He took the child up in his arms and, first of all, blessed God. (What is our first thought when we encounter an infant or a little child?) The account continues with Simeon's words, "... mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:30–32;

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The weaning process
June 18, 1979

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.