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A single dad takes on the role of both mother and father and leans on spiritual insights and understanding to raise his daughter.

From the February 2007 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Certain words just make me smile, and mothering is one among many. Can any of us not smile when we reflect back on happy times we've spent with someone who showed us special care? It doesn't have to have been your own mother who did this tender caring. It could be anyone who you simply felt mothered by.

We all need mothering, no matter what our age. And perhaps we need to be especially aware of the mothering we receive from God. So often, people think of God as a stern, masculine disciplinarian, without realizing that God is not just our Father, but also our divine Mother. Therefore, feminine tenderness—divine Love—accompanies divine Principle. These combined, guide us to make right choices.

Mary Baker Eddy identified our divine Parent in this "Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation. As the apostle expressed it in words which he quoted with approbation from a classic poet: 'For we are also His offspring'" (Science and Health, p.332). To me this means we are all constantly, uninterruptedly, and lovingly fathered and mothered by God.

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