[Original in German]

It is an unspeakable blessing for mankind that Mrs. Eddy not...

It is an unspeakable blessing for mankind that Mrs. Eddy not only received the revelation of this divine Science but also founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, and gave the teaching the practical foundation humanity needs. I am thinking now of Christian Science nursing, as provided under Article VIII, Section 31, entitled "Christian Science Nurse," in the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy. From our experience, speaking figuratively of the support our family received from the ministrations of a Christian Science nurse, I would like to say that the nursing service is there for someone who is climbing a steep, narrow stairway and while under way has to grasp hold of a railing.

When we were once in need of the nursing service, we observed the nurse's work was consistent with the standards of discipline and love prescribed in the Manual. From this arose great prudence in regard to the management of the household, unswerving assurance in maintaining the truth in the face of error, and a serene joy that divine Principle is in control. All this was very helpful and comforting.

I would like to relate an instance from this period. We were expected for a short visit with friends when a call came with the news that the boy of the family had symptoms of a contagious disease. Did we then, in view of our newborn baby, still wish to come? To call off the visit was very difficult due to certain reasons. I have to confess we were wavering! My thoughts were confused. The nurse said, "Ask your pastor—the Bible, and Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy are the pastor and speak to you in the Lesson-Sermon." Though the nurse could not decide the matter for us, she gave us this tip.

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November 6, 1976

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