The love you’re longing for is not withheld.
It’s in your heart, for you to daily live.
The love you’re longing for and think you lack
Is yours to give—and be reflected back.
From the December 2, 1991 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
MasterPeace in Concert – “Music above Fighting”
On September 21, 2014, MasterPeace celebrated the UN International Day of Peace with 55 events in 42 countries, including many in conflict areas. At the heart of these MasterPeace celebrations, a heartwarming concert took place in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) bringing top artists from (former) conflict areas together on one stage, supported by the renowned Metropole Orkest.
Prayer for vulnerable children
September 30, 2016
For many years I worked in an intensive language school for refugees and migrants who had newly arrived in my country. Children came sometimes having fled war-torn homelands, perhaps with family members but often without parents. Once, on an overnight school excursion, a young boy looked at my bag and said, “That is how we used to live all the time” – ready to run for their lives if needed, with few belongings. My role was to help these children in their paths forward by teaching them English.
Turning to God in prayer deepens my awareness that God is the supreme Father-Mother to all children wherever they are. In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, identified Father and Mother as names for God (see pp. 586 and 592). Coupling these definitions with the First Commandment – “You must not have any other god but me” (Exodus 20:3, New Living Translation) – we find that spiritually there is but one supreme Mother and Father, whom Christ Jesus showed to be all-loving, everywhere, and strong.
The spiritual reality is that there is no other Mother than God; there is no other Father than God. Accepting this, we realize that this divine Parent is relentlessly fathering and mothering each of His children, who are not defined materially, but are God’s spiritual offspring.
Loving children who have been through great trauma is not always easy. They might exhibit very unlovable behaviors, developed in order to cope with sustained challenges. We don’t need to let this dissuade us from our best efforts at praying more deeply to recognize the undamaged innocence that is inherent in everyone because of our true identity as the offspring of the one Father-Mother God, who tenderly cares for us.