Praying for children caught up in conflict
via The Christian Science Journal

A member found this article - Loving God's Children by Ann Kenrick - very helpful. Here's an excerpt -

There are too many families these days that, through no fault of their own, get caught up in circumstances beyond their control. They often flee their homes and become refugees in countries with different languages, customs, and habits. In these instances, families show great resilience in the face of adversity, but it is often the children who need the most support.

We can hold the families in our prayers as we grasp more clearly ourselves what it means to be citizens in God’s kingdom, where there are no borders, barriers, or restrictions on man’s well-being. We know from the Bible narrative that Jesus himself had no fixed address. When someone wanted to follow him once, he said simply, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). It seems that Jesus felt equally at home with friends on a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee as he did alone with God, his Father, at the top of a mountain while deep in prayer. Jesus demonstrated that home is naturally supplied by God according to our need.

The Master taught us that God is our Father, too. The Lord’s Prayer begins, “Our Father which art in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). The more I’ve prayed with the Lord’s Prayer and grown in my understanding of its spiritual meaning, the more clearly I’ve seen that we are all brothers and sisters, equally loved and cherished by our Father, in the kingdom of heaven—which is right here, right now. The sooner we recognize God as the Father-Mother of everyone—a recognition that inspires brotherhood and neighborly love—the sooner God’s kingdom will be recognized here on earth in our neighborhoods and countries. Science and Health states, “Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation” (p. 332).


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