A time to weep?

Christ Jesus' mission and message is ultimately one of joy—joy in the power of divine Love to lift us out of sorrow and loss.

I remember well the awe I felt as a child when I listened to my parents talk about Christ Jesus. I'll never forget one of the first verses that I read for myself about his life. It's in John, and it says simply, "Jesus wept."

Many times since, it's been good for me to remember that such a man as Jesus wept. The conventional view seems to be that positive, active religious practice never includes weeping or sadness, that one should always be "upbeat" and smiling. Even though some may have accepted this characterization, it really is not the most accurate way to describe a Christian Scientist's effort to live as Christ Jesus taught.

What can heal despair?
April 13, 1992

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