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Children—their prospects for the future

[Original in German]

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I still vividly recall the day the Sunday School superintendent of the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, to which I belong asked me to give specific thought to the subject "Prayer for children" and then share my thoughts at the next Sunday School teachers' meeting. Why me of all people? I wondered. She really ought to know I had no extra time for it, and furthermore the Christian Science periodicals had already published enough articles on the subject by experienced people.

In this unenlightened state of thought I was not even able to recognize how urgently necessary it was to devote my specific attention to prayer for all the children of the world. I was considering giving up.

On my way home, however, I suddenly realized that everything God, Spirit, brings forth is constantly fresh and new. Spiritual intuitions, always inspiring, never dry—never "old hat"—are what come to us in prayer! This realization instantaneously filled me with joy, even though I still didn't have any leads whatsoever for my assignment. In the joyous acknowledgment of this significant divine fact I had already started to pray.

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