Sorrow Dispelled

In our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes that "trials are proofs of God's care," and that "sorrow has its reward. It never leaves us where it found us" (p. 66). Recently an opportunity was afforded to prove the truth of these comforting words. I received a message which bore the news of what seemed to mortal sense an overwhelming affliction. For the first few days the burden seemed intolerable; but I turned to God and found relief. I sought the Scriptures, and my attention was directed to this passage: "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work;" also to the Master's own words, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Then followed peace, healing, tranquillity, and calmness, with a sense of safety entering my consciousness as silently but as surely as the sunshine penetrates the farthest corner of the darkest room. Such moments touch the heart with the fire of divine inspiration. It is indeed the entertainment of angels, respecting which Mrs. Eddy has written (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 306): "When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Oh, may you feel this touch,—it is not the clasping of hands, nor a loved person present; it is more than this: it is a spiritual idea that lights your path!"

Think of it! Not only can we find balm for grief, but we can grow from such experiences, and be established in every good work.

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