EXCHANGING GLOOM FOR GLORY

The selection of mourners for a state of blessedness seems a strange choice. Why, then, in his hillside sermon did Christ Jesus declare (Matt. 5:4), "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"? Giving clearer insight into the meaning of this utterance, on page 79 of "Retrospection and Introspection" Mary Baker Eddy writes, "We glean spiritual harvests from our own material losses."

How true it is that, unwelcome as they may be, tribulations, mental anguish, or physical deprivations oftentimes bring the sufferer to the verge of heaven. They can advance human thought to the point of willingness to part with the false sense of life in matter, which brought much misery and loss. From this stirring experience rich fruitage will be reaped as human sense, through the understanding of Christian Science, abandons the illusory concepts of mortal existence for the spiritual consciousness of man as God's immortal reflection. Thus the promise, "They shall be comforted," applies to all who enter into this diviner sense of Spirit as infinite, matter as nought, and the only true selfhood as God's wholly spiritual manifestation.

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