Thursday, January 05, 2006

The journey continues

Update: also check out Friday's entry, On the other side.


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beliefnet.com has a story this morning in response to the miners’ deaths in West Virginia. I found it inspiring, I hope it helps you too.

The situation is reminding me of this passage from Science and Health:

A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend's real death would bring. You think that your anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and you learn that your suffering was merely the result of your belief.

In West Virginia, sadly, the case was reversed. They heard that most of the miners were alive, and then found that this report was incorrect. The shock of the 180 degree turn from exuberance to devastation seems too much to bear as we continue to support these folks with our prayers.

I also happened to get a phone call last night from an acquaintance in Illinois, telling me that a mutual friend out in Los Angeles has passed on, a few months ago actually. The gentleman calling me had just found out, though, and clearly he wanted some comfort.

After we shared some appreciation for our friend, for his joviality and friendliness and his sense of service, I said, “Well, our dear friend now knows something we don’t. He knows that death isn’t real. We believe it, he knows it. And I’m convinced that we’ll see him again when we get to the other side.”

Our friend was apparently close to the caller’s parents who have also passed, so we thought of them all together again, chatting it up in the next dimension.

I do believe there is progress and companionship after the grave. I believe my friend has found it, I believe the miners have found it. There is comfort there, and joy. God bless them on all their journey—it hasn’t ended, but continues beyond our sight.


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3 Comments:

At 1/05/2006 05:25:00 PM, Anonymous rev. Veronika Birken said...

Dear Laura,
I just wish to add to your comforting comments the following from White Eagle's book "Sunrise:"

“We tell you with tenderness that you bring much of your suffering upon yourselves. You will ask how we can say this when, for instance, your hearts are sore through bereavement. No, of course you did not bring bereavement upon yourself - only the suffering which resulted from your attitude of mind. For if you have developed power to penetrate the mists of earthliness, you would have known that your dear one was not dead or far away. Communion of soul with soul is always waiting for the man or woman who can develop, within, a consciousness of the oneness of all life. Learn to so love God that you know that God, being all love, and having all love for you, has in Him-Her no death, but only more abundant life. Your loved one dwells within that Love, and also within your own spirit. Your loved one is therefore with you, not lost, not gone far away."

Love and peace, Veronika

 
At 1/09/2006 07:35:00 PM, Blogger SBB said...

Laura:

I appreciated your posting and I also thought about the Science and Health reference that you quoted when I heard the news. The news report doesn't change the spiritual fact regarding our loved ones that their life is eternal and continous.

I also thought that the Christian Science article (Is Hope a Cheat?) in the 1/6/05 issue of the Christian Science Monitor offered an insightful and loving explanation of this spiritual truth. It also gave me a better appreciation of the Jonah healing!

In gratitude -
-Diane, Pennsylvania

 
At 1/09/2006 07:39:00 PM, Blogger SBB said...

The Monitor article was actually published last Friday - 1/6/06 (not 2005) - forgot to update the year!

Thanks again -
-Diane

 

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