How Can Loss Be Gain?

Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain.Poems, p.4;  

For me these lines from a poem by Mrs. Eddy seemed to defy logic. How can loss be gain? How can one gain from the loss of employment or health or the love of another?

As I pondered this apparent paradox, I began to glimpse that we gain from loss as we realize the true nature of good. The sole source of good is God, Spirit. When we understand this fact, our concept of good is freed from the vagaries of the so-called material realm. We can't fear loss when we understand God—His tender power, intelligence, and ever-presence. As Christ Jesus said, "This is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing." John 6:39;

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