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The Comforter heals grief

From the October 1991 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The musical My Fair Lady has a song that touches the heartstrings when one's spouse has passed from the human scene. "I've grown accustomed to [your] face"Alan Jay Lerner, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." suggests the warm welcome at the door, the familiar figure sharing a meal, the smile saluting you across a crowded room. Precious recollections of sweet companionship, day in and day out, are recalled in the song's words "breathing out and breathing in" and in the "face" that is always there. Then, suddenly, the object of our affections is no longer at our side. What then? How can one confront this challenge?

Christian Science comforts us with the truth that the identity of every individual is spiritual and eternal. When we replace the misconception that man is mortal, subject to death, by recognizing that God, Spirit, Life, is the source of all true being, then we know that spiritual man is the eternal expression of the one cause, God.

As we begin to acknowledge God as man's origin and only real Life, we gain a fresh view of existence and relationships. Glimpsing God's allness and realizing that His unending ever-presence is reflected in man, we get a clearer sense that each of us is a spiritual expression of the one creator. In reality, every individual abides in God, Spirit—not in a physical form. So all being is secure and permanent in eternal Life.

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