Insights into healing pain

Having read several articles about current medical research efforts to find more effective pain relief for patients, I recalled the experience of a Christian Science practitioner who had been asked to treat a woman suffering acute discomfort in the kidney area. She was unable to look after her own needs and had gone to a Christian Science nursing facility, where she was being cared for. The pain made it difficult for her to think for herself.

The practitioner explained that both he and the patient had shared an unwavering certainty that the power of God, divine Love, was more than adequate to meet this challenge. As any practitioner would, he turned in deepest prayer to God, knowing that illness was contrary to God's will and thus was illegitimate. It sprang from the fallacy that something could disturb the eternal unity of God and man, that something could mar God's own effect: perfect man.

Healing negative behavior
December 4, 1995

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