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Why call a Christian Science nurse?

From the December 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I was bedridden and was seeking healing through prayer, which I had found to be reliable and effective. I considered the possibility of calling a Christian Science nurse for assistance in addition to the metaphysical treatment I was having from a Christian Science practitioner. But I thought that if I was supposed to be proving the truth that God is All, that He made man perfect in His likeness, and that disease is therefore not real, why would a Christian Science nurse be needed? Wouldn’t that be giving in to the belief in sickness?

But the practitioner pointed out to me that the Christian Science nurse is provided for in the Manual of The Mother Church (see Mary Baker Eddy, p. 49). She said, in essence, that I had three little children in my care, and that while she would continue to pray for me, the support of a Christian Science nurse was needed. And so I did call one, and she came.

Immediately all the fear and anxiety left. A sense of order came into the house. For the first time in a week I slept for more than 15 minutes. The Christian Science nurse cared for me and the children. She cooked. She cleaned house. She fed the children. She read to them and to me from the Christian Science Pastor—the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. She even sang hymns for us. She helped me get in and out of bed when needed. She bathed me. I no longer felt I had to go it alone or do everything myself. 

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