THE POWER OF TENDERNESS

At the cross, in what seemed an hour of bitter defeat, Jesus expressed the utmost tenderness and consideration. Seeing his mother and John, the disciple he loved, standing by, he said to her, "Woman, behold thy son!" and to John, "Behold thy mother!" (John 19:26, 27.) No greater confidence and love could he have bestowed on those nearest and dearest to him, no fuller tenderness and thoughtfulness could he have expressed. And the Scriptural record related that from that hour John took Jesus' mother into his own home.

"Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit," writes Mary Baker Eddy on page 514 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." How the world longs for that same loving-kindness which Christ Jesus expressed, for that gentle, confident quality of thought which is filled with unselfed love; how it needs and yearns for that tenderness from you and from me! The healing balm of tenderness brings comfort to the sorrowing, strength to the weak, courage to the fearful, even health to the sick.

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