One Family

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We can meet members of that “universal family” again and again on our life journey. This ever-widening concept of family – with God at the head of the table, serving up only the best, expressing His-Her absolute joy and delight over each of us – can help, comfort, and carry us through tough situations. You may find how this loving God always manages to send just the right individual – “brother” or “sister” – at just the right time.

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One family

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

 

Got family problems? Arguing with your brothers and/or sisters? Your kids, mom, dad, uncle, or …? Many people have been hurt over the years by family strife. Siblings in particular may have had their share of bickering, being impatient with each other, saying mean or careless things, and acting in ways that exclude. Sometimes separations have lasted for decades.

But those kinds of experiences can prompt us to look for a broader sense of family. A book published some decades ago, “The Family of Man” still provides an inspiring promise, illustrating universal brotherhood through its collection of photographs of people from many parts of the world as they express kindness to one another in various ways. A psalm in the Bible also promises, “God setteth the solitary in families” (68:6).

A God who can do that is the perfect Parent, and we are the children in His one big loving family. God, who is both Father and Mother, loves every child distinctly, completely. This “head of the household” has all the resources to provide each of us with anything we could ever need, including the help or friendship of the right person at the right time.

The woman who founded this newspaper said this about a wider understanding of God’s family: “This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, – as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” pp. 576-577).

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