Tender comfort for humanity

The Christian touch is needed in all our dealings with others.

In the Bible, the book of Isaiah, referring to the servant of the Lord, declares, "A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench." Isa. 42:3. Doesn't the world seem full of bruised reeds? The individual who believes life is throwing him one disappointment after another; someone feeling burdened or unhappy about family relationships; anyone who is longing for improved health, for freedom from want, for a more satisfying sense of existence.

All of us can do more to help others. Each day we have opportunities to help meet the needs of our fellowman, by being alert and always ready to offer a tender word, take thoughtful action, or, when requested, provide healing prayer.

Shouldn't our goal always be to express Christlike, caring tenderness—to not break the bruised reed, but to strengthen it in the most Christian manner possible? The need is summarized in a poem by A. E. Hamilton, which Mrs. Eddy quotes in her book Retrospection and Introspection:

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Dissolving the darkness of indifference
November 23, 1987

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