Cherishing our relationship to God

When we pray even the first two words of the Lord's Prayer, we acknowledge a significant fact. We acknowledge that God is "our Father." By this acknowledgment, we honor a relationship that is an abiding source of blessing. And as we cherish this relationship by understanding and living in accord with it, we realize that blessing.

Christ Jesus, who gave us the Lord's Prayer, not only believed, he understood, that God was his Father and ours. He demonstrated this understanding in healing works, as well as in his dear-bought resurrection and ascension. He said, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30. But he also said, "My Father is greater than I." John 14:28.

Is there any inconsistency in these statements? No, there is not. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy explains how it is that the real, spiritual man which Jesus exemplified is at one with God but is not the same as God; he is God's reflection. She writes, "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being." Science and Health, p. 361.

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The tree house lesson
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