Cross grief off the calendar

Finding peace that lasts year after year

IT CAN BE painful to say goodbye to those we cherish. Mary Baker Eddy understood the sorrow felt at such times; she had to say goodbye to many whom she had loved. Her first husband died during their brief marriage. Then, when she was ill, her family took her only child from her and placed him in the care of another family. Still, years later she was able to write a poem, a mother's prayer, that showed her trust in God's ongoing care for all His children:

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,Thou Love that guards the nestling's faltering flight!Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

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