Sharing Christian Science in the school nurse's office

For several years whenever a school nurse called me to come pick up one of my children due to illness, I would pray on my way to the school, tuck the child under my arm when I arrived, thank the nurse for calling me, and be able to reassure her that everything would be fine. I'd share some spiritual truth with the youngster on the way down the hall, and then drive home. The calls were infrequent, and the healings rapid, with the child sometimes returning to school before the day ended! But each year I became more and more uncomfortable with whisking the children away for healing. I wanted to explore and, if possible, increase the common ground between the nurses' concern for my children's well-being and my own.

In order to do this, I needed to understand better my relationship to the medical community. I found this paragraph very helpful in that regard: "A genuine Christian Scientist loves Protestant and Catholic, D. D. and M. D.,—loves all who love God, good; and he loves his enemies. It will be found that, instead of opposing, such an individual subserves the interests of both medical faculty and Christianity, and they thrive together, learning that Mind-power is good will towards men. Thus unfolding the true metal in character, the iron in human nature rusts away; honesty and justice characterize the seeker and finder of Christian Science" (Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 4). This gave me hope not only of increasing the common ground the nurses and I shared but of our thriving there.

Contagious disease—stopped and healed
September 9, 1996

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