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From the September 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A LITTLE FIVE-YEAR-OLD friend told me how he had helped the kids on the playground stop fighting. I told him he was being a peacemaker and that Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9). He looked up at me with such earnestness, "But I already am a child of God." I had to think a minute and then I said, "And now you are acting like one."

All of us accepting that we are the children of God—and then acting like it. What would that mean in a world that often seems steeped in chaos, misunderstandings, hatred, and conflict?

I've been thinking about this.

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