Family and holidays

The holiday season is upon us—a time to get together with family … or so they say. But what if it feels like we don’t have any family? Or we have “too much” family, causing stress or inharmony? Or we don’t get along with them? What then?

An approach I’ve found helpful is to think more deeply about the concept of family as not limited to the common definition of a group of mortals related by blood or marriage, but as the wonderfully harmonious unity of our divine Father-Mother God and all of us—His, Her, dearly beloved spiritual children. Think of it: We all have one loving Parent who is caring for us, providing for us, and guiding us. And because we all have one divine Parent, we are all brothers and sisters in the one loving, harmonious, and universal family of man. Mary Baker Eddy writes in the Christian Science textbook, “Man is the family name for all ideas,—the sons and daughters of God” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 515).

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