AS today's paper reports, 1994 has been designated as the International Year of the Family. Perhaps we can observe this best by meeting some of the desperate needs of the world's children, who deserve our love.
This point was poignantly expressed by a teenager during a television interview I saw not too long ago. She declared, ``They call the youth `lost.' If we're lost, find us, and help us out!''
What we can do to find those ``lost'' children and help them is beautifully described by Christ Jesus. His ministry included children. When his followers tried to keep children from him, he scolded them and used the occasion as an opportunity to tell them how important it is to be childlike in one's own relationship to God. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, comments on Jesus' love of children in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She writes: ``Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right'' (p. 236).
But what about the world's troubled children? How can our prayers help them? The first step may be to realize that no one can ever be cut off from God's power, because God, divine Love, is omnipresent Spirit. No one is beyond redemption. Christ Jesus proved this over and over as he enabled both the dishonest and the immoral to give up their wrongdoing and to live purer lives.
Praying to see all children everywhere as receptive to God, good, may lead to a change in our own attitudes also. Perhaps fear or frustration about our own or others' children has hardened our hearts and made us feel that conditions are hopeless. We can disarm these hardened feelings by claiming our own uncontaminated childlikeness. This is the reality because all of us are offspring of the one divine Father whom Jesus taught us to know and love. So we can never lose our purity or our childlikeness. It follows that wrongdoing is no more natural to an adult than it is to a child since we are all under God's care.