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“When sorrow is healed”

From the May 2020 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When my son Jeff passed away about a year and a half ago, he was not a practicing Christian Scientist and was under medical treatment. He was interested in Christian Science, having been raised in a home where Christian Science was practiced, but he never fully accepted its teachings to the point of practicing them for himself. Instead, he spent years investigating countless other theories about God, man, and spirituality. I always hoped his search for God and healing would find fulfillment in Christian Science, but he wanted to pursue his own course through exploration of other philosophies, and I accepted his choice, though reluctantly. 

When the doctors diagnosed my son with a terminal illness, I wondered why he wouldn’t now choose to embrace Christian Science for healing, because Christian Science reiterates what the Bible teaches—that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Although his chosen course was disappointing to me, I took great comfort in a letter he wrote to me six weeks before his passing. He closed it with the following, including a quote from page 468 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “I’ll end my letter with Mary Baker Eddy’s words: ‘Man is not material; he is spiritual.’ It couldn’t become clearer to me right now. Heck, it took 54 years but I GET IT! I’m excited to learn more about God! This story is just getting started. Love, Jeff”

When he passed, I felt a heavy sense of sadness, even though I knew he now had a better understanding of Truth, God, than he had ever had. He knew that he didn’t die—that cancer did not destroy his life, which is immortal. God was, and is, his Life. 

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