When my mother passed on in 1953, my grief was intense

When my mother passed on in 1953, my grief was intense. She and I had studied and prayed together and had enjoyed the fruitage our work and the increasing understanding of Christian Science brought to us. Her passing, however, left me with a feeling of emptiness and loneliness. I suffered emotionally with a heavy sense of self-condemnation. Nevertheless, I thirsted for the truth that opened to me through daily study of the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly, and of Mrs. Eddy's writings, and through reading the Christian Science periodicals. Like Paul, in the Bible, I saw the way—got a true sense of direction—when the truth that was being poured into my consciousness became clear enough to me to cause the disturbed sense to yield to a higher spiritual attainment.

Giving up mistaken belief, I was able to see that only the outward sense of things had changed, but that my mother's spiritual identity was with our heavenly Father, where it had always been, undying and forever free. I realized that the true idea, man, was unfolding throughout all eternity and that to continue in grief would be to limit my own development and progress. Accepting the true concept of impersonal God and man gave me a truly loving experience. God's angel thoughts filled the void, and I was inspired to redouble my efforts at Christian living to share with those around me something of God's loving-kindness and enduring mercy. There was no opportunity for grief in the joy of the beautiful view of life! Refreshed by a more scientific sense of life, I felt the burden drop away and rejoiced in the healing.

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