One day several years ago I received a telephone...

One day several years ago I received a telephone call from my daughter-in-law, saying that she had some very sad news. My older son (her husband) had passed on in his sleep. The news was a terrible shock to me. I grieved over this loss day and night. It was constantly with me, and I seemed unable to do anything to overcome it. As a student of Christian Science I knew better. Many times in the past my Christian Science teacher had said, "Work in the absolute," and I knew what that meant —to affirm the spiritual truths of God's omnipotence and omnipresence; yet I just didn't seem to care.

Time passed but the feeling of loss did not. I went to visit my daughter in another state. She and her husband are both active, working students of Christian Science. One Sunday I noticed a physical change going on within me. By night my feet hurt me so that I couldn't stand to be touched. Finally I undressed and was lifted into bed.

July 18, 1983

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