A Lesson in Healing Grief

A few days ago, we got news that a dear friend was in the hospital. As we were driving there, it came to me that God is Life and there is nothing else. That God is All and there is nothing else. That time didn’t matter. That matter had no life. All of these thoughts flooded my consciousness and I felt very strong in my stand that Christian Science is true. It was indeed a glimpse – as Mrs. Eddy says in Mis. 24:14-24:18 “That short experience included a glimpse of the great fact that I have since tried to make plain to others, namely, Life in and of Spirit; this Life being the sole reality of existence”.

Our friend had stood on the understanding of God and man as Christian Science reveals to us from the Bible.  She had made it clear that she was relying on these Truths – that she was made by God, that she was spiritual and not material and that she would trust God with her life.  She apparently was in the hospital because her family thought it would be the best place for her and that is how they could care and love her.  After our visit, I continued to work with the clear, strong knowledge that God was her life and no matter what was happening all around her, God was in control.

Later that night we received the call that she had passed on.  In church the next day, we sang #298 in the Christian Science Hymnal, Mrs. Eddy’s Communion hymn, “Saw Ye My Saviour”.  As I heard the words read, the second verse popped out as if I had not heard those words before – “Mourner it calls you, come to my bosom, Love wipes your tears all away, and will lift the shade of gloom, and for you make radiant room midst the glories of one endless day”.  I reread verse one – about the Christ and the glad sound and the power of the Word.  It was a comforting message and one I could lean on and become free of grief for this dear friend.  She had gone on and was doing well.  I could cherish who she was and what she had done for all of us.  I was grateful that she took such a stand for herself in believing and understanding the Christ.  I could remember her laugh and her joy and care for us all and her many testimonies given at church.  It is a lesson I am learning and will continue to learn with God’s dear grace.

Jane Lang, Member

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