God's child is always mature

This truth was the first thing a Christian Science practitioner thought of when asked to pray for an infant born prematurely. She also recalled a verse from Malachi and pondered its spiritual import: "I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. 3:11; She denied the belief that this baby was an incomplete, premature mortal and affirmed that he was the child of God.

Now, God's child has no beginning but exists as the spiritual reflection, or idea, of his divine source. He manifests all that God, infinite Mind, includes. As reflection, his being is not cumulative but is and always has been at the point of perfect wholeness and maturity. According to the physical senses, man is a mortal who develops materially from an embryonic state, but this generally held concept of man is not true.

In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which gives the metaphysical interpretation of scriptural terms, Mrs. Eddy defines "children" in these words: "The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.

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Child of the great I am
June 2, 1980

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