Cruising the highways with God

When your teen starts driving

When my daughter began driving a few years ago, I found myself fearing for her safety, especially since she was driving on crowded freeways at rush hour and at night. I prayed and held firmly to the fact that God, her true Father-Mother, was always with her, directing her actions.

My anxiety began to subside when these thoughts came to me one day: "This child is the 'idea, the image, of Love.'" This phrase is from Mary Baker Eddy's book Science and Health (see p. 475). It's part of a spiritual description of man as created in the likeness of God, who is Love. I also thought of a hymn that speaks of the "atmosphere of Love divine" (No. 144, Christian Science Hymnal), and I realized that this is the true atmosphere all of us live in, because God is everywhere. In that atmosphere there's no hatred or hurry, just God's loving and tender presence.

A sentence from one of Mrs. Eddy's articles in her Miscellaneous Writings also helped me. It says, "We have nothing to fear when Love is at the helm of thought, but everything to enjoy on earth and in heaven" (p. 113).

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October 16, 2000

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