If we’re mourning the loss of a loved one, we can turn to God for the comforting, grief-lifting assurance that existence is so much more than mortality, and that life can never truly be lost.

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in the sacred stillness of hope
like a bird at the window
wondering what might be found within
we will find the loved one we lost
with substance faithfully defined
in the allness of Mind

in the earnest seeking
of patiently perched thought
we begin to ask the right questions
not based on an appearance of loss
but a simple desire to grow
to understand, to know

in the quiet longing
of early morning humility
which like a sheltered nestling, waits –
the divine Spirit that knows all
reveals Life’s immortal essence
unequivocal presence

then in the silent prayer of faith,
as sound waves carry bird songs
and yet remain unseen, divine Love
in a rhythm our ready hearts can hear
brings an answer clear

and as fear is conquered and finally destroyed
Love lifts the grief and fills the seeming void

on the wings of this divine giving
we perceive our loved one spiritually living
safe in the ever-present Mind
the forever home of healing grace,
never lost or consumed
or accidentally misplaced
but
purposeful
permanent
in Love embraced

In this poem, Mind, Spirit, Life, and Love are used as Bible-based synonyms for God.

Originally published in the March 25, 2019, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.

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