Isn't There Something We Can Do?

What would you do if you saw a shabby, dirty, drunken man staggering through a city park, yelling obscenities at the top of his lungs? My immediate response was to turn away in total disgust. Then I remembered that I was Christian Scientist. As a committed follower of Christ Jesus I had enlisted to love my neighbor. Disgust and Christian love are opposites.

Deep down, don't we all yearn to reach out and help a friend who is in trouble, a relative who might be in the hospital, or a drunk stumbling down the street? We can, of course, give encouragement and comfort to those who are struggling. Sometimes a visit, a card, or a few kind words can help and cheer them. It's often frustrating, however, to feel there is nothing really substantial we can do to help them be healed—or is there?

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