Filled with Truth and Love


Lately I’ve found myself thinking a lot about mortality. My own. This is not something that I used to think about much. But as the hospice nurse who looks in on Dad said to me, “It’s in your face.”  The last six months seem to have been filled with death – it seems every week someone I care about passes on. Sometimes the deaths have come quickly and unexpectedly, and sometimes they’ve come slowly – after long illnesses.

I could go a couple different directions here. I could be all philosophical – offer detached (and really profound) thoughts about death and dying. Or maybe I could talk about my fear of getting sucked into a vortex where I might be expected to give up control of my own body to the “experts” – maybe seen as an interesting medical experiment, and clucked over with much head-shaking and criticism: “She ate how much cheese every day?!”

But… yeah… I’m thinking I’ll do something else here.

Here’s what I know about me – and about you, too, actually – we are the children of God, Love. We are perfect right now – made in the image and likeness of perfect Love, Truth, and Life. We are strong, fearless, and beautiful – without blemish or flaw. There isn’t even the teensiest, tiniest part of us that can be unlike our perfect Creator – for all we can be is Her reflection. “There is no spot where God is not.”

Death is an illusion – a shadow – and it has no might or right or power to stop Life, or alter perfection. Death has no power to separate us from Love – not now, not ever. Those loved ones who appear to have walked through its shadow are unchanged, perfect, beautiful, still unfolding and learning and progressing.

I ain’t going to be afraid of death, or sickness, or evil of any kind. I know that all things work together for good to those who love Love – nothing can prevent Love from reaching me, or you. I ain’t going to be afraid of fear, either. “Fear never stopped being or its action.” (Mary Baker Eddy)

In The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness.”

And in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy writes: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office as porter, and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.”

So that’s what I’m going to do here. I’m going to rouse myself – wake myself up from this mortal dream – and be the child Love made me to be.

Take that, death!



10 thoughts on “Filled with Truth and Love

  1. Dearest Karen,
    Your loving thoughts are so helpful. I, too, have been thinking about death. And for the same reason. Three of my dear friends died very quickly just recently. I have been making myself sick and dying in my mind. What you expressed, is just what I needed to hear. I was forgetting what I am and what God is. Thank you so much.

    • Oh Jo – it means so much to met that this was helpful to you. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I should publish this one. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit to these fears. But I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in this stuff. Life is all power!

  2. Thank you Karen a wonderful reminder of what is true about us all . To choose Life in all that we do and think. Love and hugs………

  3. Hi Karen,
    Thank you so much for this post (and, really all of your posts.) I’ve been feeling a little surrounded by that shadow of death, lately. An uncle, two friends from earlier years. With the death of a particularly close friend, I really worked to know that she was unchanged and probably awakening to many wonderful things about herself – especially that she remained unchanged! I kept in mind that she was the same, still rising and broadening (her experience and joy) from a boundless basis – the foundation of God’s love and never being able to step out of that. Grief lasted a short time, and I am already thinking of her with happiness and without being brought down in such thoughts as “she’s gone” or “she suffered.” Neither of those things is true of her, despite mortal mind’s aggressive insistence. Thank you for giving me further ways to consider this belief – death. Your writings are dear.
    Laura in Greensboro, NC

  4. Wow, Karen, how helpful that is. I too have been pondering death more than I ever have. My husband passed away about year and a half ago, also a very dear CS friend . And, I reached one of those seemingly “meaningful” birthdays, 80. Good grief! I can’t be 80 already. I’m still a church soloist, love my nice little house with my four wonderful cats and in many ways act, look and dress like me, like I aways have. But, then the error of aging comes in. It seems to be all around us, what happens when you “get old”, things like creaky legs, balance on a ladder — you know, all those claims of aging. And then, the idea of death comes in — now I’m not afraid of death, but just don’t want to experience it just yet. When I hear of something happening in 10 or 12 years, like the Olympics, I think: oh my, will I be around? So, reading your helpful thoughts was great. I’ve had CS all of my life and the idea that I could in reality be any different now than I was at 40 or 50 or whatever, is nonsense. Nothing changes here. I’ve been working on this allot and if I come up with any wondrous thoughts, I’ll share. Many thanks, Peggy

    • Thank you so much for these thoughts, Peggy! They are really helpful to me – and I’m glad if my thoughts might have been helpful to you, too. 🙂 Yes, please keep me posted about any other pieces of inspiration that may come to you. We are all in this together! Love, Karen

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