As a Christian Science nurse, I’ve often thought about something Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The nurse should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of faith,—receptive to Truth and Love” (p. 395). Those are wonderful qualities—but when I came back into Christian Science nursing after taking some personal time off, they were certainly not what I was cherishing!
At that point I wasn’t really happy with anything in my life—not the state of the relationship I was in, nor the city where I lived. I felt lost, and I reached out to God in desperation with a prayer that was basically, “God, get me out of here!” Then, within a few weeks of returning to the Christian Science nursing ministry, I found myself on a home-care case. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to devote my time to God, the patient, and my own prayer, study, and spiritual growth.
A major change took place. I suddenly had a new, more spiritual perspective from which to pray about my life’s circumstances. I started to look at Christian Science healing in a different way as I realized that healing is not something that happens “out there,” but that it takes place within our own thinking as we begin to understand God’s creation.