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Death spares us not a challenge, gains release
From no reluctant duty, stern indenture;
There's neither flight nor conquest in decease;
To die is not "an awfully big adventure." Peter Pan by James M. Barrie.
Death has no terror, is not preordained:
It is a fraud, a specious counterfeit,
A play-within-a-play, and doubly feigned:
We do not see it through: we see through it.
Only an audience with dazzled eyes
Grieves when, on stage, a skillful actor "dies."
The curtain falls; the fallen actors rise.
Outside the darkened theater of sense,
In Life's perfection, Spirit's permanence,
There is no dying—even in pretense.
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"The Lord is my shepherd"
The Motherhood of God
JEANETTE BARBARA HOWES
Christian Science Can Heal Loneliness
PEGGY FRENCH PHIPPS
Knowing What to Say
"A penny a day"
MARJORIE BRUCE MAGEE
How Much Do I Weigh?
EDGAR F. WRIGHT
Praying Without Ceasing
BERNICE KING BRIGHAM
The Recompense of Grief
Helen Wood Bauman
Consciousness Is Primal
Alan A. Aylwin
I shall always be grateful to the young college student who later...
Rosa G. Hoffman with contributions from Nancy Joy Perkins
I had heard of Christian Science as I was growing up, but like...
Lois D. Kleihauer
I began drinking and smoking at the age of eighteen
Melvin C. Amerman with contributions from Winifred A. R. Fairclough, Lucille P. Webster
Signs of the Times
Mark O. Hatfield