The first time I put my young son on a plane by himself was...

The first time I put my young son on a plane by himself was difficult for me. This was before I began to study Christian Science, and I felt so helpless inside. After I began this study, I realized not only that God was in complete control, but also that my son could not be separated from Him; that in reality he was God's child and not mine. I understood the freedom found in this statement form Science and Health: "Dost thou 'love the Lord they God with all they heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind'? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation affection and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity. It involves the Science of Life, and recognizes only the divine control of Spirit, in which Soul is our master, and material sense and human will have no place"(p.9).

In being his mother I had felt so responsible. As I thought about the word mother, I began to look deeper. I realized the only mother any of us has is our Father-Mother, God. I had to give up the burden associated with being a mother, and let my son be God's child, not limiting him. I prayed to know the truth about God's tender, loving care and divine guidance. Psalm 91:4 gave me such comfort: "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust."

After feeling at peace, I found it became easier for me to let him travel in the care of divine Love. I no longer felt personally responsible for his well-being, knowing that God was caring for him. I knew no matter where he was, he was in his right place with God. As the years went on, my son took many flights to various states and countries.

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