At the beginning of 2013, a painful condition developed—first in one of my hips and then in the other. Remembering that my late mother had had a hip replacement, I became afraid that perhaps I was heading down the same path. Although I have had many healings through my own prayers with the application of Christian Science, this time I asked a Christian Science practitioner to support me through prayer. I shall never forget this dedicated practitioner’s warm and loving response and the assurance of my absolute inseparability from God.
One day the practitioner asked, whom did I consider as my true parent? Christian Science teaches us that God is our Father-Mother, and we are created in His own image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26, 27). Having grown up without a father because my parents divorced when I was only a year old, I had always, even as a small child, looked on God as my kindest and most loving Father. In fact, it was this beautiful truth that had led me to embrace Christian Science when it was introduced to me as a young mother.
As I began to pray to get a deeper understanding of this precious relationship, I had an “aha” moment. I had always seen God as my Father, but I had never thought of Him as my loving Mother. In that instant I knew that the sweet, love-filled mother-daughter relationship I had always craved, but felt that my cold and emotionally distant mother could not give me, had always been mine. We both had always been dearly loved by God. Our lives were the reflection of God’s infinite Mother-love. I knew I could claim that for both of us, even though my mother had passed on. If God, good, was my real Mother, I had inherited only the good and the best from Her.