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Mother love

From the June 2024 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I was teaching a kindergarten class. The school had recently been reorganized, with some children suddenly finding themselves in new rooms with new classmates and new teachers. David was one of those children in a puddle of tears at drop-off that morning. One of the support staff attempted to help, but he was inconsolable. The only thing he wanted was his mom. 

Pondering how best to move forward, I turned to God for the right way to comfort this child and remembered something Jesus had once asked: “Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?” He immediately answered his own question: “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matthew 12:48, 50).

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, understood not only the fatherhood of God but also the motherhood of God. She gives the definition of Mother in the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures as “God; divine and eternal Principle; Life, Truth, and Love” (p. 592). Her own life was certainly a reflection of that solicitous Mother Love, enabling her to heal the sick and the brokenhearted in her work as a spiritual healer and teacher—just as her model, Christ Jesus, had done centuries before. 

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