An almost instantaneous healing of grief at the passing of a...

An almost instantaneous healing of grief at the passing of a loved one is one of my most cherished demonstrations in Christian Science. On the morning following his passing I awakened very early. My bedroom window faced east, and as I opened my eyes, I beheld one single bright star in a band of light between the horizon and the very dark of the night sky. The dawn was just beginning to break. The first thought that came to me on beholding this was, "Oh! the daystar." As I lay pondering this, the birth of Jesus and the homage paid to him by the Wisemen passed through my consciousness. I thought about what these events mean to us in this age. I realized that the Christ is born to each of us with our first gleam of understanding and that it will lead us ever onward in our search for God and His divine Truth.

At the first opportunity I had I looked up the references to day-star in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures I found the following (Pref., p. vii): "The wakeful shepherd beholds the first faint morning beams, ere cometh the full radiance of a risen day. So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony." I knew then that my dear one was going on and on and that death had not touched him. I too was going straight on; and the Christ was with both of us, showing us the way. All sense of grief vanished, and there was never any looking back. I had no sense of separation in the days that immediately followed, nor have I in the years since.

Following this experience came the desire to take an active part in the Christian Science movement, and it wasn't too long before the way was opened for me to take the Nurses Training Course at the Christian Science Benevolent Association, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This experience has brought much joy and the wonderful sense of being able to help others and to be part of our great movement.

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December 16, 1967

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