You’ll find me at the kids’ table
My devoted study of Christian Science was making a beautiful and visible change in my character.
The other day, a friend remarked, “You certainly do enjoy your time with young children and babies.” I had told him about a joyful evening I’d spent with another friend’s two young children. His comment made me realize just how much I had changed since becoming a student of Christian Science about two years ago. It meant so much to me to realize that my devoted study of Christian Science was making a beautiful and visible change in my character. Not only do I now enjoy children, but I find them to be my spiritual teachers. Here’s what I mean.
Before Christian Science came into my life, I was completely uninterested in children and failed to understand why others were drawn to them. I observed that people seemed to love having children, but I identified more with the viewpoint of some that children are burdensome and too much work. However, I had read in the Bible of the importance Jesus placed on children, saying, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 ). So, what was I missing?
After beginning my study of Christian Science, I became conscious for the first time in my life of the overwhelming fact that through God-directed prayer, I could put off, or grow out of, anything about myself that did not align with God’s idea of me as a perfect, spiritual expression of His nature and qualities. Now I wondered if this could include changing my view of children. Could I wholeheartedly love and welcome the company of children?
I was doubtful at first, and there have certainly been some times along the way when I doubted the transformation happening within me. But in reflecting upon my friend’s comment, “You certainly do enjoy your time with young children and babies,” I realized that it is true. And, most importantly, I know why.
Children naturally accept that God loves them. Sure, some adults do, too; but have you ever seen the expression of total awe on a child’s face when you tell them just how much God loves them? It is a thing of true wonder and beauty to witness this complete and uninhibited trust that children have in the love and care of God. This great and untouchable childlike trust is referenced by Mary Baker Eddy in an essay published in her Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896. She states, “Children not mistaught, naturally love God; for they are pure-minded, affectionate, and generally brave” (p. 240 ).
A friend’s baby was fussing in apparent discomfort. I took her into my arms and tenderly told her how much God loved her. She became calm and blessed me with a precious smile. I could feel the presence of divine Love surrounding us in that moment, and I knew she could feel it, too.
It is a thing of true wonder and beauty to witness the complete and uninhibited trust that children have in the love and care of God.
The conviction and surety I feel from children as they speak the truth of divine Principle is something I greatly admire. There is simply no doubt at all in their minds that God really is All. We greatly need what children have to teach us—what it means to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 ). So much can be learned from their pure, unfettered, unadulterated love for God. Like many people, I aspire to have a love for God that pure and genuine. That childlike dependency on God brings forth healing in our lives.
While I pray for guidance regarding how to share what I’m learning of God with others—how to help bring peace and love to any fearfulness or other difficulties they may be experiencing—I look forward to being able to fearlessly look into another adult’s eyes and say, “God loves you so very much.”
This desire reminds me of the instance recounted in Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer, Amplified Edition (Yvonne Caché von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck, p. 89) when
Mrs. Eddy saw a severely disabled person on the street. She walked up to him and whispered in his ear, “God loves you,” with such complete understanding of God’s spiritual, perfect man that “he got up perfectly straight and well.” If she had faltered in her faith or feared a rebuke, would the outcome have been the same?
As we earnestly seek a sincere, incorruptible, childlike trust in God, we cannot be touched by the falsity of the world’s belief in all that is unlike God, Spirit, infinite good. In her first address in The Mother Church in 1895, Mrs. Eddy said, “Beloved children, the world has need of you,—and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world” (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 110 ).
We must become as little children and surrender fully to the allness of God. As I continue my work to rediscover this simple and pure childlike trust in God, good, you will likely find me learning from the best—at the kids’ table.