Persistent sadness overcome, healing after a fall

Originally written in Spanish, this first appeared in the June 2016 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

For many years, I was a lonely person, and, in spite of several achievements and doing well at my work, I wasn’t satisfied with my life. It seemed as if there was something that didn’t allow me to be happy. Then one day, I began to pray about it and to ponder deeply what was happening to me, as if I was talking with God, and the question came to me, “What is sadness?” The answer didn’t take long. Almost instantaneously the thought came: “Unsatisfied human will.”

For me that answer was like looking in the face of error (error being mistaken beliefs about who we are and who God is). 

There are circumstances, of course, in which people have real reasons for sorrow or sadness, and they need to find healing. But I realized it was ridiculous to be sad for not satisfying my human will. That didn’t agree with what Christian Science teaches about God—that He is omnipresent Love, and man is His beloved child. Our Father-Mother, God, is our true and only source of happiness. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real enjoyment” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 60–61).

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