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Nursing . . . wherever you are

How to help when you can't be there

From the August 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When someone is in trouble, the natural inclination is to go and help. You might call it the nurse in each of us. But there are also situations where, for one reason or another, it isn't possible to actually be where the help is needed. Even then, there's a way to be a nurse.

I needed to expand my understanding of God as a tender giver of care.

Several years ago, I was living on the opposite side of the globe from what I considered home, at a time when a close family member and a dear friend were both encountering serious illnesses. The great distance between us, as well as my own family and work obligations, made it impossible for me to be with them. Although my desire to go and help was very strong, I also realized that I was very afraid for them. I felt that I needed to get over this fear before I could do anything useful.

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