"Loss is gain"

In his essay on "Compensation" Emerson has written: "We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in." To one struggling with a sense of inconsolable and almost overwhelming personal loss these words once came with a measure of comfort, as it was felt in a vague way that they must be true, and that at some future time God would reveal the blessing at present unseen, though the sense of loss still seemed beyond the hope of reparation.

Later there came physical healing in Christian Science, and with a gleam of spiritual understanding accompanying it, the above quoted sentences were illumined by the words of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who assures us that "God is good, and loss is gain" (Poems, p. 4). Then was it seen that blessings are not in a dim, uncertain future, but are a present reality, and the sense of loss is due to a false sense of separation from God, good; for in the light of Christian Science His love and tenderness stand out as qualities never failing, but always present to bless and cheer and comfort,—Christian Science revealing the motherhood as well as the fatherhood of God.

In the Christian Science textbook Mrs. Eddy writes: "My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes. With white fingers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys. ... By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us, and we entertain 'angels unawares'" (Science and Health, p. 299). So in the entertaining of thoughts from God, thoughts of Truth and Love, we behold the "angel of his presence," bringing us the sweet assurance that because we are never separated from God, we are never separated from His ideas.

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O Heart of Mine
June 1, 1918

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