“Our Father which art in heaven,”
Jesus taught us to pray that God is the heavenly Father of all. He is the Maker of heaven and earth and everything. What is heaven? It is God’s kingdom where His children live. Everyone is included in God’s family, even those of us who are on earth. We are all brothers and sisters. We are all taken care of by God, just as our earthly parents take care of us when we are young. But we never grow too old for God to take care of us! He is always our heavenly Father. He will never leave us.
[Note: The following line in bold is the Spiritual Interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy given in the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.”]
“Our Father-Mother God, all harmonious,”
God is not just our Father. God is also our heavenly Mother, who loves us tenderly, and watches over us. Because God is the Father-Mother of us all, He makes sure that everything is good, and that everyone has all they need. No one needs to fight over who is loved the most, or worry about bad things happening. When things go well, that is called “harmony.” Because there is always harmony in God’s heaven, we say that God is “all harmonious.” We feel loved and safe when we remember God is Father-Mother, and that His heavenly kingdom is all around us. God has created a wonderful, spiritual universe for everyone to enjoy. When we pray, we must thank Him for all that He has made and for taking care of us. We might say each day: “Good morning, God. Thank you for being our Father-Mother!”
(Excerpted from the book “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer” Copyright 2005. For more information on this book and blog, please read the About page.)
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