Love's embrace

Walking in a public park one day, I came close to a mother duck and her twelve ducklings. As I drew nearer, all the ducklings immediately ran rapidly toward their mother, who opened her wings wide. They all scuttled underneath and in a few seconds were so completely covered by her wings that any subsequent passer-by would have been unaware of the feathered family. The incident symbolized for me a wonderful assurance of God's protecting care.

Christ Jesus once lamented: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matt. 23:37 . If God were understood to be Mother as well as Father, maybe we would more often turn to divine Love for comfort. Theology that stresses primarily God's fatherhood sometimes suggests a sense of sternness. Christian Science teaches that Deity is both our Father and our Mother, always blessing His children, as Jesus pointed out.

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