Happy Mother’s Day
Through her Bible study, Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, discerned God’s loving, feminine nature and described Deity, in part, as “the affectionate Father and Mother of all He creates” (“Unity of Good,” p. 48). Mrs. Eddy herself was known for the great affection she expressed toward humanity.
God’s mothering promise
A Christian Science perspective: The first Mother’s Day after her mother had passed on, this author found mothering comfort in an unlikely setting – from a male teenage clerk in a convenience store.
By Beverly Peake / May 2012
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It was clear to me that day that God was fulfilling His promise, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13). The creator of man as both “male and female” in His image (see Genesis 1:27) is always mothering His creation. This is the spiritual reality of existence – the way things really are, even when God’s mothering love seems absent in our own lives or neighborhood or on the other side of the globe. Yet I’ve found that as I prayerfully cherish Love’s universal presence and strive to be more caring, I see signs of God’s love being more widely expressed.
Christ Jesus, forever doing the will of his divine Parent, conveyed God’s maternal nature in his healing and teaching. How tenderly he treated those who came to him for healing. And in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, the father demonstrated the constancy and compassion of motherhood, as well as his fatherhood, with both of his sons. Today in those former Bible lands, and everywhere, God’s motherly comfort and guidance are surely present to bless citizens who seek rescue from economic and political turmoil.
No matter how challenging the circumstance – whether it be in Somalia, Syria, or right at home – the valuing of God’s ever-present mothering can help us see increasing evidence that God is always fulfilling His promise of comfort. Then we, too, are comforted.
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