Glimpses of heaven

It was wartime, and all around me people were preparing for a holiday with loved ones. I was alone, living in an unfamiliar part of our country. Loneliness, dejection, and a longing for human companionship were banging at the door of my consciousness. To discipline my thinking as Christian Science had taught me, I started praying from the standpoint of the first commandment. As I turned off the light to retire for the night I was still pondering the commandment. When morning dawned, the words were still with me, but with a new freshness. No longer was the message solely a command or demand; it was also a blessed promise, as though God were saying, "Thou shalt have only good—thou wilt have only God—thou hast no other gods before me."

This was one of my first glimpses of heaven. I saw that I no longer needed to be dependent only on fellow beings for companionship. Each of us has all the fullness of God, good, present at all times in all places. Even human companionship at its best, no matter how cherished, cannot compare with the companioning and communing with God, Truth. Through the years the inspiration of that unfoldment has often brought comfort and healing.

May 10, 1982

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