In Matthew, we read, “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (14:14). Many of us yearn to heal as Jesus did, and are grateful for every large or small healing we experience in our own lives, or in others’. And being “moved with compassion” has so much to do with healing as Christ Jesus demonstrated, as I experienced recently.
While reading the weekly Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly with a small group of people in the Christian Science nursing facility where I work, I tripped over the microphone cord while passing the microphone from one person to another. As I tried to regain my balance, I came down on my foot wrong, severely twisting it as I landed on it with force. There was great pain when I tried to put any weight on the foot, but I was able to return to my chair, where I remained until we finished our study of the Lesson.
At that point I excused myself, and a colleague assisted me to my office, where I was able to call a Christian Science practitioner. Fear tried to rush in and intimidate me into thinking that this injury was going to take a long time to heal. I shared this fear with the practitioner, who shared some truths about time not being a factor in my spiritual perfection, which is eternal. This comforted me, and the fear left.