28 Oct Cherish the children
The world needs to do a better job of protecting children and the spiritual innocence in each of us. Our prayer makes a difference for children. If you yearn to better protect your own or the world’s children, you can find guidance, encouragement and fresh insights on christianscience.com. Use this link to connect to articles about efforts being made to free children from bonded labor, to provide foster families for orphans in India, and to help us all pray effectively to protect childlike innocence.
An article titled “Protecting Childlike Innocence” written by Margaret Campbell and published (and copyrighted) in the March 14, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel, is relevant today. Margaret writes,
“…even as we see and hear reports that suggest children’s innocence is being undermined, we can realize that there is an innate innocence in each one that cannot be tarnished or diminished. It is their innate purity as God’s children.
“each one has a spiritual identity.. safe in His sheltering care”
The Bible assures us that “we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:16, 17). As a child of God, each one has a spiritual identity that is inseparable from Him, forever safe in His sheltering care.
And as “joint-heirs with Christ,” each reflects “the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3), which is the very source of their protection from physical or emotional harm.
Innocence is not a weak or vulnerable human characteristic. It is a spiritual quality coexistent with God, which cannot be compromised but constitutes a refuge from the material dangers of the world. Our prayers to better understand this are needed, and we can expect that they will lead to more effective means of protecting children—of valuing, respecting, and guarding their genuine spiritual identity…”
You can read Margaret’s full article and sample the inspirational magazine using the links supplied above.