An Answer to Loss

When a person loses an item like a wallet or some keys or a checkbook, he may feel bereft of more than a material object. Perhaps his very confidence and composure are diminished. What's the answer to loss—aside from the need to be more careful? Should we rummage about anxiously, looking for the missing object? Can we regain our peace that way?

It might be better to do the reverse—to stop thinking and worrying about a lost article. Give thought to the deep peace we need. How do we find this peace? In Isaiah we read, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3; We need a reassuring sense of God's care for us in all things and a deep trust in this divine care. We need to know that we are God's spiritual ideas—loved and cared for as such. Then the burdens and disappointments of human life lessen and begin to disappear.

Seeing and Being
December 26, 1977

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