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In January, we began a series in appreciation of the Journal's contribution to the twentieth century. This month we reprint selections from the period 1911-1920. Over-shadowing all else in the decade was the Great War, now known as World War I. The article that follows, lifts us above a materially based view of man, above struggles with loss and sorrow, to an assurance of the immortality of man and of his unbroken unity with God, with indestructible good. Then there are two testimonies that vividly illustrate God's protecting power on the battlefield and at sea.


"Why weepest thou?"

From the February 2000 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Appreciating one hundred years of spiritual insight and healing

If we were at sea in a storm where all was confusion and imminent danger, and we were wise, we would keep calm and think and do the best thing possible to save the situation. We would resist the selfish temptation to yield our thoughts to the dread of shipwreck and death. We would put forth every effort to save ourselves and others.

In the midst of a war-swept era conditions are very similar to those outlined. Confronted with the loss of loved ones, and possibly of home and of national honor, the temptation to give way to inconsolable grief may be strong indeed. The compassionate Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus wept because of the sorrow of others, but he did not acknowledge its reality, for he healed that sorrow and proved that divine Love can undo the bonds of death and set the captive free.

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