Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The divine Parent

Isn’t it great the way kids love to hear stories about when they were small? My son and I were talking the other day about how spiritual healing has made a difference in his life, and it recalled some experiences that he doesn’t remember but I do. So we settled in for some early childhood storytelling.

One time when he was about five, I noticed he couldn’t hear me that well. Little things made me aware of it, like I would have to talk louder and louder to get his attention. His sister, sitting farther away from me than he was, would hear me fine, but he wouldn’t. When he wasn’t looking directly at me, it was like he couldn’t hear me at all.

This was scary. The usual worst-case scenarios went through my head. I considered taking him to an ear specialist to see if what was going on, but before I did that, I thought I’d give prayer a try.

I had no idea how to pray about this though. At first, it was just, God show me what I need to know. And what came to me was to remember who my son’s Mother really was.

Christian Science taught me that God is both Father and Mother, or Father-Mother as Mary Baker Eddy put it. It’s right in her spiritual interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father which art in heaven, / Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious.”

I’d often found comfort in the idea that while I was fulfilling the role of mother in my children’s life for our time here together, it is God who is the true Parent, the original Father-Mother. That divine Mother is constantly with Her children, communicating with them, guiding them, loving them.

So now, as I thought about my son’s hearing, I asked myself, Who is it that I really want him to hear? Just me? And I realized, I don’t need to make this happen -- he can always hear his Mother.

The next time he wasn’t able to hear me, I quietly said without raising my voice, “I know you can hear your Mother.” I took that moment to remember who was doing the communicating, and that my son could never be cut off from his divine Mother. Then I repeated what I’d said, still in the quiet tone. This time, he turned to me naturally.

What joy I felt! I repeated this every time there was a problem for the next few weeks. At first, it was several times a day, but gradually it tapered off until it became no longer necessary.

Now, of course, he hears fine. He loved revisiting this story with me recently, and hearing of his own receptivity to healing in his early years. And I’m grateful again to remember that even as a single parent, I’m not going it alone -- the divine Father-Mother is looking out for all of us.

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At 7/20/2005 06:55:00 AM, Anonymous Simon said...

Dear Laura
Am currently in a position where I don't see my little daughters. They are taken care of by other people. This can be very frustrating at times , but like your article says, they have a Father-Mother who is constantly looking out for them. And its good to know that this Father-Mother can never make them go without all they need, including love and affection.
Thank you for your inspiring artcicles.

At 7/20/2005 09:08:00 PM, Blogger Laura said...

dear simon....
your little ones are indeed fathered, and you can always be their father in your prayers. when you miss them, you can pray for them, and know you're blessing them that way. when they're grown up, they'll thank you.

much love to you,

At 7/20/2005 09:08:00 PM, Blogger Laura said...

from my friend:

Even though I am an adult and even a grand- mother, I too have a constant need to turn to my Mother. It is my Mother Who comforts me. It is my Mother Who loves me unconditionally. It is my Mother Who advices me whenever I turn to Her for help. I am never alone because my Mother is ever-present.

Love, Veronika

Miracle Practice - Healing Circle of Light


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