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"IN TENDER MERCY"

From the August 1963 issue of The Christian Science Journal


High in the grateful regard of Christian Scientists for those who serve mankind with unselfish devotion stands the Christian Science nurse, whose ministry, of love requires a unique combination of devotion to God, practical skills, and an ability to apply the truths of Christian Science in the face of the evidences of disease and discord. Her service of tender compassion for her fellowmen rewards her richly.

A significant section in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy (Art. VIII, Sect. 31) authorizes and outlines the nurse's duties and thereby establishes nursing as an integral part of the healing ministry of Christian Science. It includes the following: "A member of The Mother Church who represents himself or herself as a Christian Science nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick."

Nursing is far more than a matter of a competent individual going to the one in need and making a bed, giving a bath, preparing a meal, or doing some bandaging. To be sure, the Christian Science nurse does these things; but she does much more. She realizes that the physical aspect of the nursing work will be as effective as her spiritual preparation for and support of it.

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