The Fifth Commandment – Q&A #4

The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”

Question: What about children who are being raised by foster, adoptive, or step-parents,
or their own parents do not behave as normal parents should?

Answer: It is sad to be separated from one, or both, of our parents. It is also hard if we have a parent or guardian who is abusive, or less than loving to us, and who does not seem to deserve being honored. Either way, it is an opportunity to turn with our whole heart to God, and
acknowledge Him as our one true Parent, the Father-Mother of us all. God’s loving embrace
includes the wisdom and guidance we need to get along with others, and find a sense of
warmth and belonging. His angel messages can point us to the human footsteps to take, if we need help or intervention.

Rarely is there a reason not to honor and obey those who are given the responsibility to care for us in our childhood on earth. We can pray to God, and trust Him to guide our family, no matter what form it seems to take — big, small, “blended,” “chosen,” or “temporary.”

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: ‘Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.’ Again he asked: ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,’ implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore
as the Father of all.” (S&H 31)

Practice: Today, try to express the qualities of God’s motherhood. What do you think those
qualities would be? How does God mother Her children?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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