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Motherhood in Sunday School teaching

From the December 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Tenderness, sharing, watchfulness, and unselfed love are some of the Godlike qualities of motherhood, and they are all needed in Sunday School teaching. These qualities have a healing, enlightening, liberating influence—a joy available to men and women alike in their expression of both the fatherhood and motherhood of God. While superintendents, registrars, hostesses, librarians, and musicians can enhance this aspect of Sunday School, teachers especially need to develop their sense of God's motherly qualities.

The Bible gives many illustrations of motherhood. The "virtuous woman" of Proverbs rises early, works willingly, is wise in her purchases and practical in household management. She shows compassion for the poor, speaks with kindness and wisdom, and receives "the fruit of her hands." Prov. 31:31. Likewise, the teacher, readying the Sunday School lesson with research and prayer, is alert to pupils' special needs and delights in their spiritual growth.

Such motherly traits are our reflection of God, Soul. They bring out alertness, quiet thought, and receptivity in the pupils. Certain that man is the beloved image of the Father-Mother God, the teacher is ready to share with the pupils this understanding of at-one-ment, helping them to glorify God.

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