The child in our thought

It's not something we can leave to others. Nurturing childlike trust and spiritual receptivity is our responsibility!

When I see a small child with rosy cheeks and glowing eyes reach up to take a parent's hand, I am again made aware of the wonderful gift that trust is. It shows the real beauty of faith and the peace and stability that come when there is no fear. We can each cherish this childlike trust and receptivity in our lives. And by protecting and nurturing childlikeness in our own hearts, we strengthen it for everyone, everywhere. Such childlike thinking is a blessing; it opens our thought to a holy state of consciousness that advances with meekness to receive God's goodness, to be obedient to His wisdom, and to feel the warmth of His constant love and protection.

Spiritually receptive, childlike thought, then, is not something that we grow out of or away from, but closer to, as we learn more of God and our relationship to Him. Mrs. Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, of the need for childlike receptivity: "Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea." Science and Health, pp. 323–324. There can be no real spiritual growth or understanding without this willingness. It is the foundation for healing.

Moving—the God-directed way
August 22, 1988

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