Gaining "skill in comfort's art"

When someone needs comforting—a spouse, a child, a friend, a fellow worker, or anyone else—most of us would like to be more skillful at recognizing that person's need and responding to it in an appropriate and helpful way. A poem by A. E. Hamilton, quoted at the end of the autobiography of the Discoverer of the Science of Christian healing, Mary Baker Eddy, turns us to God. It reads:

Ask God to give thee skillIn comfort's art:That thou may'st consecrated beAnd set apartUnto a life of sympathy.For heavy is the weight of illIn every heart;And comforters are needed muchOf Christlike touch. Retrospection and Introspection, p. 95 .

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