One of the most holy and inspiring fields of labor in the Christian Science movement is that of nursing. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 367), "The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love." The Christian Science nurse, as well as the practitioner, is called upon to exercise "pitiful patience" with the fears of an invalid and to remove them with tender words and Christian encouragement and with the inward conviction that "all is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all" (ibid., p. 468).

A gardener who has had a lovely, tender plant placed in his care prepares the ground thoroughly, carefully digging it and casting out all stones and hard clods of earth to make it ready for the precious plant. How tenderly he then cares for it, nursing and nourishing it, watering it carefully and protecting it from accident until it is firmly rooted and sturdy enough through development and growth to withstand the elements!

Meeting the Human Needs
December 10, 1938

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