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Freed from grief

From the July 13, 2020 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I am so grateful for the practicality and availability of Christian Science, always ready to meet all our needs. I’d like to share a complete healing of grief I experienced a few years ago.

When my mother passed on, right away I started praying to overcome the overwhelming grief. I knew that my mom was still growing spiritually, and that holding on to a perception of her as a mortal being who had passed on was counterproductive and not the truth about her as God’s eternal idea. I worked to understand that Life is Spirit, not in or of matter, as revealed in the Bible and explained in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

During this time, I was forced to grow in several ways. For instance, previously when problems had come up, I was used to calling my mom for support. Now I had to become more devoted to praying for myself. I also had to learn how to manage new responsibilities in handling family affairs. These were points of progress, but I still struggled every day.

Then, on the one-year anniversary of her passing, I had a full and complete healing. That day, I had trouble even getting out of bed, and I could barely focus at work. I remember thinking to myself that the heavy burden of grief was just something I’d always have to live with. Then divine Love spoke to me suddenly and so clearly. 

The thought that came to me was that there is no possibility of grief, because there is no space in divine Mind in which it can dwell or be held. This inspiration was simple but so meaningful in that moment, and I was immediately healed of grief. 

A few months later, though, in church on a Sunday we sang one of my mother’s favorite hymns. Oddly, I felt overwhelmed once again with grief. Immediately after the service, I called a Christian Science practitioner for help. She pointed out that praising God through song is a joyful activity that expresses our inseparable connection to divine Love—and that in fact, my mother was continuing on in that exact same consciousness of Love. Understanding this provided immense comfort, and within a few hours I felt like myself again. 

I am so grateful for the way the Christ-spirit speaks to us, even when we’re tempted to think healing is impossible. This healing happened in 2015, and today I am just as free as I was then. 

Rebecca Clower
Westborough, Massachusetts, US

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