Have you ever felt separated from the ones you love? I certainly have. Many things—geographical distances, disagreements, social distancing, and circumstances like the passing of a friend or close relative—can make us feel alone or isolated.
But the study of Christian Science has shown me there is a way to heal the heartache of separation, by putting our relationships on a more secure, spiritual foundation. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, suffered many losses, including the passing of her husband while a newlywed, and later separation from her only child. But she found that a right understanding of God and our relationship to our Father-Mother can offer lasting happiness and peace. She wrote in the Christian Science textbook, “Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scriptures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 69).
I have thought about that phrase “no parting, no pain.” It’s the feeling of personal attachment that adds pain to the parting with someone. If a distant acquaintance were to move away, or no longer be with us, we wouldn’t feel such a sense of loss.