How can a loss be a gain?

First appeared as a web original on November 14, 2011

Growing up as a student of Christian Science meant that I got rather acquainted with five poems written by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy. One such poem is “Mother’s Evening Prayer,” which is also set to music in the Christian Science Hymnal (No. 207). It’s a hymn I appreciate more and more as I gain a better understanding of its applicability. 

For years I really felt it was more of a prayer for a mother or parent who played the role of both mother and father. I guess it could be, but I began to doubt its meaning could be so narrow. Recently I rediscovered this hymn in a whole new light, especially the line: “No ill,—since God is good, and loss is gain.” I learned that my supply was always being met, even when I felt it was being taken away.

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