I really enjojoyed this article. We really have to be careful about how we place erroneous judgement on others.
Love: the key to healing
By Michelle Nanouche
Reprinted from The Christian Science Journal
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Several years ago I got a call from a father for help. His young son had fallen from a tree house, injuring his ankle, and he asked if I would pray for the boy. He was in pain and couldn’t walk. As his mother comforted him, I assured the father I would pray for his son immediately. My own daughter, who had once been healed of what appeared to be a dislocated bone in her leg, had learned that whenever she had a problem she could trust that God would help. Nothing was too hard for divine Love.
As I prayed with this idea, realizing that divine Love created this child whole—unbroken, invulnerable, and unfallen—this spiritual perspective began replacing in my thought the fearful perception that the child was injured and at risk. I also knew that the Christ, the spirit of Love that moved Jesus to have compassion on the sick and sinning—and enabled him to heal instantly—was with the boy’s father and mother and me. At this moment I intuitively knew the boy was well.
But then, I had a fearful thought. My prayer seemed too simple. I asked myself, “Is that it? What about the ankle? Don’t I have to pray about that?” Looking down once again at Science and Health, I read, “The Master said plainly that physique was not Spirit …” (Science and Health, pp. 46 ). The text seemed bold and imperative. I realized that I didn’t have to give any further consideration to the condition of matter since it had no bearing on the child’s well-being as Spirit’s reflection. Now completely satisfied with what had come to me in prayer, I was filled with an awareness of the powerful love of God that permits no exception or interruption to Love’s law of perfect, spiritual being. The entire prayer lasted less than two minutes.
The mother soon called to say that shortly after her husband’s call, she and her son heard a series of noises come from his ankle. It sounded to her like he was being “zipped up.” She said he stopped crying immediately, sat up, and began talking about his adventures for the day without referring to the leg again. Soon, she added, he stood right up and walked. The healing was quick, complete, and permanent.
What does it mean to reach our patient through divine Love? Christ Jesus, who made a practice of healing in one visit, is the example. The Scriptures relate numerous healings that resulted from his being “moved with compassion.” He fed multitudes of hungry people (see Matt. 15:32), healed blindness (see Matt. 20:30–34), leprosy (see Matt. 1:40–45), and seizures (see Mark9:17–27 ), and raised the dead (see Luke7:11–15 ).
The account of Jesus healing the man with an “unclean spirit” is particularly interesting. To me, it illustrates how a Love-based, spiritually scientific perspective heals even the most difficult case. According to Mark’s account, Jesus’ “patient” had a history of self-destructive, violent fits that had made news throughout his community. He was an outcast, living in tombs, and bound up with chains. But after only a brief conversation with Jesus, the man was suddenly and completely well (see Mark 5:1–20 ). Jesus’ compassion for his neighbor’s situation moved him to heal the man. It enabled Jesus to love his neighbor in a holy and lawful way and to see beyond appearances to who he truly was—God’s own likeness, whole, and in his right mind. The man immediately felt the effect of Jesus the Scientist reaching his patient through Love. Jesus’ spiritual affection and perspective restored the man to mental health. Science and Health counsels, “Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power” (Science and Health, pp. 366 ).
In Mark’s account, no one but Jesus seemed to have had genuine love for the troubled man, a love that enabled Jesus to be unimpressed by the man’s frightening behavior. Some swine-herders living and working in the vicinity had probably long witnessed the severity of the man’s condition, and that could be a reason they weren’t quick to accept that the healing occurred so easily. According to some Bible commentaries, many who had known the man’s history spread their fearful stories about him. An agitated mob even forced Jesus out of town, and the man asked permission to go with him.
But fear could neither stop the man’s healing, nor prevent him from telling others about it. Jesus’ understanding of divine Love’s supremacy over a limited, material view of life wiped out fear and its disturbing effects on the mind and body. This understanding of spiritual being is the Science of Love Jesus practiced so effectively. He told the man, “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”