Respect transforms and heals

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Respect transforms and heals


Before the music, I’d been judging George. I’d pronounced him slow and boring, with nothing to offer the world or me. But once the heavenly melody started, I suddenly saw life — vibrant, beautiful life, in his hands, his eyes, in his music, and in his smile.

The melody that so gracefully flowed from George shook me. I was humbled. His music forced me to begin using the spiritual ideas Hugh and I would discuss at our Saturday brunches. I saw, first hand, that Spirit’s children are always powerful and full of splendor. Each one has a brilliance that can’t be seen through a distorted, judgmental or materialistic lens.

I am still learning to look past what, at first, I may perceive about others. Dignity is a foundation stone of life. And it is important to appreciate the richness of each individual’s spiritual being. Respect can even lead to healing.

Not long after this experience with George, I was working in the Christian Science Reading Room when a homeless man walked in and told me he had been diagnosed with hepatitis. He exhibited symptoms of the disease. The man mentioned that the hospital could or would not keep him. I asked if he would like to sit and get comfortable. Immediately, he walked into an adjoining room, sat down, and began reading a magazine.

I’m learning that I can remain fooled by what hides the richness of another’s individuality or I can push past my own materialistic perception of them and start respecting who they really are. If I am able to appreciate their higher nature, we both have the opportunity to be transformed and healed.

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– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He is a legislative liaison for spiritual healing & Christian Science in Texas. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s syndicated columns originate at: