Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Healing and God's Tender Mercies ; Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Healing and God's Tender Mercies ; Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel

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Love stands as a common bond among all those who yearn to relieve suffering and to heal sickness in the world - to care for one another's needs. Love itself is the power that truly heals.

Many people today are joining in a spiritual search for genuine and lasting healing, as well as for deeper purpose in their lives. And at present, we all may be at many different places along the road to discovery and may have many different needs in the hour of sickness or sorrow.

Yet, when anyone turns with confident expectation to God, he or she finds that God tenderly guides the one who seeks healing as surely as He guides the healer.

To everyone searching for healing, the example of Jesus can be compelling. The Bible recounts how he was "moved with compassion." This was a constant in his life. He treated both the leper and the sinner with affection. He saw all men and women as sons and daughters of God, worthy to be loved, worthy to be redeemed and saved, worthy to be healed.

The founder of this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, persistently followed in Jesus' spiritual method of healing. She came to believe that divine Love alone is the healer. She encouraged other people to express God's love in every aspect of their lives; to be wise, sensible, and practical; to do all the good they could do, and then trust their prayers to God.

Eddy's book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" makes clear that healing always follows the inspiration of divine Truth and Love. The book points to the demand for tenderness, patience, kindness, humility, honesty, affection, and encouragement, which lift humanity out of sickness and fear. It says, "If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one visit, and the disease will vanish into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine" (pg. 365).

Expressing the love of Love, we feel the inspiration of God's guidance and are naturally impelled to help that traveler along life's highway who may be struggling or hurting. …

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