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Healing the patient—absent or present

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Christian Scientists sometimes receive requests for healing through prayer from patients hundreds, even thousands, of miles away. And even when the request is from someone closer, healing may occur without the patient's being physically present with the healer. How are such healings accomplished?

True spiritual healing always depends on the presence of God. Divine Spirit is present everywhere at all times; it is infinite—never confined within limits. What, then, is the role of the spiritual healer? Is he or she a human intermediary —a go between—somehow making a connection between God and man? No. That is exactly what the healer is not. God is ever present, and His reflection, man, can never be separate from Him.

Take Christ Jesus' healing of the nobleman's son,See John 4:46-53. for example. The boy was gravely ill. When the desperate father heard that Jesus was in Cana of Galilee, he went there from his home in Capernaum (a distance of about twenty miles) and begged Jesus to come heal his son, who, the Bible tells us, was "at the point of death." But Jesus did not go.

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