Finding a way out of grief

It is said that time heals grief; but, actually, active prayer is what heals it.

If we think about why we love our friends, we realize it isn't the "material package" that makes our love so sincere and steadfast. It is the life and spirit they express. And Christian Science assures that the true identity of every individual lasts forever because all true being is the manifestation of an infinite God. In proportion as we come to realize the allness of divine Principle, Love, and of Love's perfect infinite expression, man, which includes the immortality of every individual, we will feel more certain that God's comfort is perpetual and that we actually live in Him.

Much that we see on television and read in magazines says, however, that grief can only be cured by grieving, that there must be a grieving period and the sorrow must be talked about by those who experienced the loss. Otherwise, we're told, grief will never be overcome and the sorrowing will continue. The problem with this approach is that it assumes tragedy and pain to be genuine and unavoidable facts of life, with no remedy but to let them run their course, leaving man with the fearful prospect of evil lurking around every corner.

Christ Jesus, however, demonstrated something very different—that God is All, infinite good, and that His wisdom and mercy are always present to guide, comfort, and sustain us. Jesus showed that God is always providing good and telling us, through His Christ, that everything of our real being is unceasingly harmonious and complete. The better we understand this, the more dominion over discomfort, anguish, and loss will appear in our lives. We become conscious of spiritual peace when we understand that God's gentleness and love are eternally ours.

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August 27, 1990

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