The Recompense of Grief

Our saddest human experiences can force us to higher ground of character and achievement when we yield to the law of God always to progress—to go forward. There is no time for weeping over death. There are lessons to learn, lessons of real life and love and dominion over mortality, lessons that humanity needs. There is the requirement of Life, God, to find man in divine Mind instead of in frail dust.

When Christ Jesus saw Mary and her friends weeping over the death of her brother, Lazarus, "he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled." John 11:33; Then he went forward to prove the unreality of the mortal sense by restoring Lazarus from the dead. But first he reminded the other sister, Martha, "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?"

Can death mark the occasion of seeing the glory of God? Even though we may not yet be spiritually seasoned to raise the dead as Jesus did, we can rise against mortality with renewed strength and determination to throw off the materialism that produces death. We can bless the world instead of sinking in sorrow over personal loss. We can glorify God by expressing more of Life than we have done before.

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Consciousness Is Primal
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