Recently I babysat my little grandson. We had a great time. I fed him a bottle, sang to him, and held him while he took his nap, and then we played on the floor with his toys. He was very happy—and so was I. But when his mom came in the door, he became ecstatic. He crawled to her as fast as he could, and when she lifted him into her arms, he looked back at me with a huge smile and laughed and laughed. He acts the same way when his dad comes home from work. My grandson’s parents love him very much; they are as happy to see him as he is to see them.
As I have been thinking about this, I know that it’s natural for us to feel the same way about our relationship to our divine Father-Mother, God. Our relationship to Him is not like that of a grandchild to a grandparent—a generation removed—but the very close one of a child to a loving parent. God cherishes and takes joy in each of us as His own child. In the Bible the prophet Jeremiah realized this and wrote, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Do we really realize how much God loves each of us? This love is not sporadic or temporary. The love of God—the Love that is God—is with us all of the time, cherishing, leading, guarding, and guiding us. David, the shepherd, realized this when he wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd,” and then described in detail how much God cares for His creation (see Psalm 23).
It was Jesus, though, who spoke even further of the tenderness of this divine Parent when he called God Abba, an endearing term for “father.” Who of us wouldn’t want such an intimate and caring relationship with God, divine Love? Jesus knew that we all have this relationship, for the prayer he taught us begins with the words “Our Father.” This intimacy with the all-wise and all-loving Shepherd is ours now. Everyone, everywhere, has this warm and caring relationship with God and can accept all that it means.
Some individuals may never have had a special relationship with their human parents. But no matter our human families, our relationship to God is intact, strong, fulfilling, and empowering, because we are coexistent with our divine Father-Mother God. Our relationship to Him is that of oneness. He does not create us through others, nor have we been adopted by Him or placed in His care. He created us, and has never let us go. We have always existed in His love. There is nothing in our past that can come between God and His love for us.
The understanding of our spiritual selfhood—our true being as God’s child—is found in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16, 17). God, not two human parents, has created us as His spiritual offspring, and we inherit all the good qualities that make up Deity, such as affection, beauty, kindness, intelligence, insight, joy, happiness, spiritual sense, purity, perfection. And because God is all good, without a tinge of evil, we have never inherited a “bad streak” from Him, nor any susceptibility to illness, temptation, or addiction. God alone determines our “genetic” make-up, which is spiritual, not biological.
Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, spent her whole life studying the Bible and living a life of goodness the Bible teaches. In her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she defines God using seven Bible-based synonyms: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love. And she defines the true, spiritual selfhood of man (meaning all of us, male and female), in part, in these words: “Man is spiritual and perfect; and because he is spiritual and perfect, he must be so understood in Christian Science. Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique. He is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; the generic term for all that reflects God’s image and likeness; the conscious identity of being as found in Science, in which man is the reflection of God, or Mind, and therefore is eternal; . . .” (Science and Health, p. 475).
Who wouldn’t want an intimate and caring relationship with God, divine Love?
Divine Mind is the source of our intelligence, comprehension, and stability. Divine Life is the source of our agility and ability. Infinite Soul has made us harmonious, beautiful, and peaceful. We inherit courage, strength, and conviction from Spirit. Truth gives us integrity and honesty. Divine Principle keeps us balanced and under divine order. And the love, compassion, and friendliness we feel for others come straight from divine Love. We inherit these wonderful qualities and many more from God. The list is virtually endless, because the goodness of God is infinite. This is not what we hope for someday; it is true now. We just need to accept this spiritual selfhood as the truth about ourselves and live from that basis.
Paul also said to the Romans, “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39). That covers everything!
We are never separated from God, never removed from Him. We coexist with Him as His very own child. Nothing—no circumstance, situation, environment, or past—can separate us from God’s love and intimate care. There is no reason to believe that you are outside of your Father-Mother God for even a moment. Now, who wouldn’t want that relationship? We are never too old for it and never too young.
All of this was very helpful to me when I reached a certain age—the age at which my grandmother, father, and brother had all passed on. As I approached that number of years, I began to wonder if there was something in our family make-up that made us predisposed to passing away prematurely. I really prayed to know that as a spiritual idea, a child of God, I was more related to Him than I was to my own human family. I really examined who I thought I was and compared it to who God knew I was. It became clear to me that I am God’s child, not the offspring of two human (though very loving) parents.
I came to know God even more through those seven deific synonyms, and cherished them as my true parentage. Obviously, I did not pass on at that age. As a matter of fact, I passed that waymark many years ago. This understanding of the divine parentage has made me a better parent, too, since I know the true Father and Mother of my children (and now grandchild) is God.
What a family we all are—worldwide! A family of children, all under the care and guidance of a divine, loving Father-Mother. No one is a generation (or more) removed from God, but all are His, Her, cherished child now and forever.
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