Wholehearted healing

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared
to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key 
to the Scriptures, pp. 476–477

“Jesus beheld in Science 
the perfect man, . . .”
not a blind man,
not a withered, crippled man,
not a hypocrite,
not a feverish woman,
not a woman bowed down,
not an adulteress or adulterer.
Jesus did not simply see a single story.
He saw . . . 
“the perfect man.”

Does this not tell us of our view, too—
that we need to see the whole of man,
“the perfect man”
beheld in Science, apparent, 
the spiritual identity held complete? 

When Jesus raised the dead, 
the whole person was healed.
He did not stop to heal just sight 
or speech or hearing or hypocrisy,
or to fill a friend with breath alone. 

The whole was restored. 
In this, as in our every case,
it’s more than healing pain
or filling pockets or finding
once again a cherished friend.
It is the whole man healed,
in each and every aspect.
It is the renewal, rebirth, 
completion, the fullest realization.
With all your substance seen, pure and perfected,
rise up, “stand forth in the midst.” 1

Stretch . . . forth . . . thy . . . being! 

Peter Ward
1 Luke 6:8

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