Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Healing Response Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Healing Response Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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I was about to take the phone off the hook! My son had sought professional help with a financial transaction, and had called me three times that day to share his frustration over the inability of the office staff to help him. He'd used adjectives like stupid and uncaring to describe them. In the last call, he proclaimed that he was going to take his business elsewhere. I figured it was very likely that the workers at that company wished he would!

Like Winnie the Pooh, I felt like saying, "Oh, bother!" Sometimes you can really feel caught in a cross-fire, caring about people's troubles on the one hand and not wanting them to vent their problems at you on the other. Not until shortly after the third call from my son did I wake up to the real reason behind those calls. They were calls for help-for a healing touch. My son knew that my husband and I go to God to find healing solutions to all our difficulties. Although he had rarely come right out and asked for help, I knew he expected that if we could do something, we would. (Isn't that what parents are for?)

This realization quieted my thought. I remembered the mental call for help Christ Jesus felt when someone reached out to touch him and was healed. Mark's Gospel says, "And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague" (5:25-29). Jesus had felt her touch, even though a crowd pressed around him. His spiritual intuition recognized her faith that she would be healed. While it took the persistence of my son to rouse me, I did finally perceive his need. And I quietly prayed to realize what God knew was true about His creation, which of course includes my son. I knew that gaining the clear sense of each one of us as made perfect by God is what brings healing to discordant situations. …

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