When a baby is expected in a family, there is such a happy atmosphere of expectation. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, the whole family on both sides, are delighted at the good news.
As the news goes out, within and beyond the family, the parents begin to receive a great deal of advice. All want to share the benefit of their experience. When it has been a good one, it can bring reassurance and strength to the expectant mother. But if someone has had a difficult time during pregnancy or later with the baby, and the whole event is described rather graphically, it might fill the new mother-to-be with fear and doubt. Could such a thing possibly happen to her or her child? Sometimes these fears are voiced, and sometimes just suppressed, though still lurking in the back of thought. Is there something we can do to make the time of waiting for the new baby a happy one, free of anxieties, filled with the certain expectancy of good?
A young woman I know had become interested in learning about God. A friend of hers had given her the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science. As this woman read the book, she was delighted to discover the wonderful truth of God's absolute goodness, and the fact that God is Life, the only source of life.