“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #8

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious

Question: How does God show us that He is our Father-Mother?

Answer: Think of all the things your own parents or guardians do to take care of you. God is     actually the origin of these good qualities and ideas that make a good parent. They appear to us as human moms and dads meeting our needs. Our earthly parents should be honored for their jobs as caretakers, just as the Fifth Commandment tells us to do. But God is the one true Parent of everyone. The Bible and Science and Health are filled with descriptions of God’s Parenthood.

Two of the best examples can be found in the 23rd and 91st Psalms, which speak of God’s care and protection. You might want to read those carefully, and see if you can point out the qualities of a good parent. Mrs. Eddy also writes of God:

“Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God. Spirit names and blesses all.”
(S&H 507:3-7)

“The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily.” (S&H 62:22-24)

“The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.” (S&H 365:31-2)

As God is our Father-Mother, we can expect our needs to be taken care of.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three:  The Lord’s Prayer”  Copyright 2005.  For information explaining this book and blog, please read the About page.)

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Our Father - Q&A #8

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