About a year ago this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy caught my attention: "You will learn at length that there is no cause for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood. Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth" (p. 386). These lines introduce it: "A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend's real death would bring. You think that your anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and you learn that your suffering was merely the result of your belief."

I've loved Christian Science my whole life, and was grateful to be considering grief from this perspective. How wonderful those ideas were to me. I found myself thinking about them quite a bit. Grief is never an easy concept to grapple with. There are lots of causes of grief, and praying with that sentence helped me see that it's not something God would give me.

Then very suddenly, about a month later, my husband passed on. I truly felt I had been prepared for this moment, and immediately felt assured, as well, that only joy and gratitude were possible for me. I realized that my husband's life continued as the expression of God, who is Life itself. In actuality, his spiritual identity was unchanged. The many healings I'd had in Christian Science convinced me that this was true. I knew in my heart that both of us reflected, and would always reflect, God's qualities, which included intelligence, harmony, grace, and longevity.

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Testimony of Healing
August 28, 2006

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