As a child I often wondered why...

As a child I often wondered why people wept when they said friends had "gone to heaven." My Sunday School had portrayed heaven as a place of wondrous beauty, golden streets, and pearly gates. As the years went by and I beheld the tangled web of human experience, my perplexity so increased that I was ever asking, "Where and what is God?" I decided to consult some of those whose positions in life led one to assume that they could provide enlightenment and comfort. Always I found them kind and sympathetic, but my searching questions usually met with an urgent request to realize that as yet there were many things that could not be understood.

Finally a learned prelate told me frankly that he believed God permitted evil as a means of testing His children. This thought sent me away in rebellious tears. I felt as Mary Magdalene must have when she said (John 20:13), "They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him."

Testimony of Healing
Without Christian Science, life...
October 16, 1954

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