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All God's children

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The Monitor article "In gritty Karachi, husband-wife team saves unwanted babies" has a happy ending for many children who were abandoned (July 14).

The issue of abandoned children in various parts of the world tugs at the heart of many people, particularly those who have had to wait a long time to have very much wanted and longed-for children. The thought of any child being born unwanted is a painful one.

This situation is a call to prayer. One way to pray for these children is to turn to God for a deeper understanding of His love for His children, both the ones we usually think of as children and their parents, at least some of whom may be little more than children themselves. Each child, as the image and likeness of our Father-Mother God, already has a place in infinite Love – a place where he or she has an inheritance that nothing can take away.

Prayer can affirm that not one of God's children is unwanted, unplanned, or a mistake. Each life, each child, has a design in God's mothering and fathering purpose.

A mother might abandon her child for social or economic reasons, but in the metaphysical and spiritual concept of our being, there is a bigger view of our creation and parenthood: that of a Mother who loves and cares for all.

There is no doubting God's Mother-Love. When the question is asked whether a mother can forget her baby, the divine reply as recorded in the Bible is, "Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee" (Isa. 49:15). This perfect model gives us a deeper understanding of God's nature.

For many women in poverty and adverse circumstances, the experience of Hagar, as recorded in the Bible, paints a familiar picture. She was an Egyptian slave who bore a child for Abraham because it seemed at first that his wife, Sarah, was barren.


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