In December 1974, due to cutbacks, I was furloughed from my...

In December 1974, due to cutbacks, I was furloughed from my job as an airline stewardess for an indefinite period. My mother recommended I return to college while waiting to be recalled by the airlines, and I began classes a few weeks later. At this time I was engaged to marry a man I had been dating for some time. Within a month of my return to the university our relationship ended, and I felt hurt and lonely.

Although I had been raised in Christian Science, I was not studying it at the time. One day I picked up a Sentinel and read the testimonies, which gave me a great deal of comfort and peace. Pretty soon I was reading The Christian Science Journal and again studying the Bible Lesson in the Christian Science Quarterly on a regular basis. I found suitable employment and so enjoyed college that when the airlines contacted me to return to work I decided to remain in school.

During the next three years both my parents passed on. These were difficult times for me, but I prayed over spiritual truths and received comfort. In Science we learn that God is our Father-Mother, and that the real man does not die. After a friend pointed out that in reality we all live in the kingdom of God, in the divine consciousness, I began to see that my parents were included in this kingdom. The man of God's creating cannot pass into death, because there is only the divine Life, which is eternal Spirit. I had to let go of all feelings of loss, selfishness, and grief and know that God is caring for my parents and me right where we are—as His spiritual, eternal ideas reflecting the one Life. Our real Father and Mother, God, is always with us, and we are never alone, because God is omnipresent.

December 3, 1979

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