A special edition of our biweekly series on how people have nurtured their public practice of Christian Science.

ANYONE CAN BE A HEALER

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSING—A CURATIVE ART

MY INTRODUCTION to Christian Science nursing came the summer before my sophomore year in high school, when I took a job at a Christian Science nursing facility on Saturdays. After some training, I was ready to perform basic tasks such as making beds, helping patients get around, and assisting them where I could. The atmosphere was not depressing for me, but rather, uplifting—charged with inspiration. People were living Christian Science. Each patient and nurse at the facility was praying from the basis that there was one Mind, or God, and they expected healing to result. I was in awe of this.

Early on, when I felt I might not be up to the job, my Sunday School teacher encouraged me to look at the work from a spiritual perspective, to think of it as an opportunity to love, and to begin learning how to heal in Christian Science. She reminded me I could start by seeing the patients as God's loved children. I could grow into understanding that, actually, they all were His likeness, as it says in the Bible. And I could begin to realize that, because they were made in God's image and likeness, they were already perfect and healthy.

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