The Christian Science Nurse

Exemplifying our Master's injunction concerning himself, "I am among you as he that serveth," the Christian Science nurse pours "oil and wine" into the baffled, suffering human consciousness pleading for balm. The nurse is one who is called upon to aid the patient in realizing his perfect self; to stand like a soldier, debarring the false suggestions of doubt and fear; to help the sick to entertain only healthy thoughts and to act rightly, and thus to be sound physically and spiritually.

The practitioner and the nurse work together in Christian Science. The practitioner gives the treatment, and the nurse aids the patient in responding to it. The nurse must know well the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, which contains the medicine of Mind. On page 268 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy has written, "God's preparations for the sick are potions of His own qualities." The nurse must know how best to present the healing potions of Truth. As God's minuteman, he stands ready to encourage the frightened human consciousness and to look beyond the belief of disease, not at it. He so radiates the joy of living Love and loving Life that it encourages and strengthens his patient; he is filled with holy inspiration, while at the same time imparting a peace and tranquillity bred of divine conviction and undaunted assurance; he knows when to say a word in season, and when to hold his peace and wait on God; his heart is ever singing while his hands are serving.

In the consciousness that dominion is his birthright, the Christian Science nurse, true friend to the one in need, with mercy and grace takes the hand of the patient and leads him gently through the night into the light of his heritage of health, showing him that right where he is, health abounds. For health is as present as God, since it is a quality of God. Man will never be nearer this wellspring of inexhaustible health than now. He will never be in a better position to express it than at this very moment. Health is always present; it is not something to get, but something to reflect. The more health one consciously expresses, the easier it becomes to manifest even more, for it is infinite. Man "is hid with Christ in God;" therefore health has never failed man, although mortal man often fails to witness to it.

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November 28, 1942

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