A time to rest, a time to rise up

There comes a time when healing quiets fear and calms the worry and confusion of human thought. Rest comes. It's not unlike the comfort a parent gives to a child who has been frightened by a bad dream. Waking to the presence of one who gently, tenderly reassures that all is well is very special indeed. It reminds us, perhaps, of a statement in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, where she writes, "Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit." Science and Health, p. 514.

The Bible gives many illustrations of tender comforting, sympathy, and gentle words of patient care. But there are other times when we need to rise up, to aggressively challenge false beliefs that would blind us to the infinite wisdom and power of divine Love. The Bible gives many illustrations of this tender care as well. For it is tender; the prayer that heals is moved by divine Love to rouse human thinking out of its malaise and often half-thought-about belief that we are separated from God's mercies and omnipotent truth. The prayer that heals sickness and overcomes sin is not weak or resigning. It is full-fledged faith that life is of God and must accord with His purpose and nature.

Testimony of Healing
Christian Science heals
November 21, 1988

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