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Christian Science nursing—bearing witness to the truth

From the July 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A man first witnessed the benefits of Christian Science nursing when his wife received nursing in their home at the times of the births of their three children. While the nurses were there, the blessings brought to the whole family were clearly seen. Every consideration was given to even the smallest detail by the nurses so that the entire family felt directly the good effects of their ministrations. The home atmosphere was peaceful; divine Love reigned in each heart, and the welcome for each child was sincere and warm. The home was beautifully "nursed." The skills utilized and the judgments made resulted from the prayerful acknowledgment of divine Mind's absolute, perfect control of man.

What the family saw expressed through the nursing—the unselfed love, the Christly compassion and patience—was clear evidence of God in action on the human scene and of trust in God as the Father and Mother of everyone. As the children were growing up, both parents expressed many of the qualities and attitudes gleaned from the nursing they'd experienced firsthand. Whenever a child needed loving care, it was given with the guidance of prayer. Turning consistently to God for inspiration set the standard for the caring these parents were called upon to give. There were many opportunities to put their faith and understanding of God into practice, and healings occurred naturally and quickly as needed. No challenge went unresolved.

I'm reminded of how Christ Jesus expressed genuine, heartfelt compassion toward those whom he healed. His tender love cut through to the heart of each one in such a way that he or she was fundamentally changed. When Jesus was asked "Which is the great commandment in the law?" he answered: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Matt. 22:36-39.

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