Healing: opportunity for all

To a person who is actively studying and practicing the teachings of Christian Science, the concept of spiritual healing grows wonderfully into a completely practical way of life. And as he progresses, a student of this Science begins to recognize the wider opportunity for serving mankind in a way that truly uplifts and regenerates lives. Membership in The Mother Church provides many opportunities for such rewarding service.

As a student in the Christian Science Nurse's Training Program, I am seeing that healing is far more than a physical change in the body or in outward conditions. Whether the need for healing appears to be an individual case of disease or an epidemic, tense relations between two people or nations, moral weakness in oneself or in society, it is necessary for the Christian Scientist to heal in his own thought the belief that discord is real before he can effectively help others. Christ Jesus said, "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Matt. 7:5. Also, in keeping with the ethics of Christian Science, one does not give treatment through prayer to an individual unless requested, or in an emergency. See Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 282 .

From a distant village
May 23, 1983

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