In my Father's house are many mansions

Recently, a much-loved family member (my husband's sister) passed on, and it has been a quiet time for pondering what Christian Science teaches us about Life, and its unending nature. Although I have shared this testimony before, it feels particularly relevant at this time when thinking of loved ones who are no longer with us. When speaking of little children and the truth of being, Jesus once said, "I thank Thee, Father, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes". We had an experience many years ago with our elder son, Michael, when he was about two years old, which clearly illustrated this pure childlike thought which is so close to God, and so naturally knows the Truth. My husband's father was affectionately known as Ganpy to all his grandchildren. After he passed on, whenever he came up in the conversation, we'd say to our young son, "Ganpy's gone away", as this seemed the simplest explanation to give to a 2-year old child. One morning, for some reason, Michael's grandfather came up again in the conversation, and suddenly I felt prompted to ask the child, "Michael, where's Ganpy?" He looked at me quite thoughtfully, and after a long pause, said quite clearly, "Ganpy's gone into another room". Into my thought came Jesus' statement, "In my Father's house are many mansions". Without a word having been spoken to him, the child had realised that his grandfather had simply moved into another room, as it were - he could no longer be seen or heard, but he was still going on, living and moving and having his being in God. As the little boy spoke of his grandfather going into another room, there was no grief, no sadness, no sense of loss - just the simple, childlike acceptance of eternal Life, continuing in another room, or as we would call it, the hereafter. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "Jesus loved little children because of their freedom from wrong, and their receptiveness of right".

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