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In this issue:
Qualities of a Christian Science Nurse
What do the Scriptures and Mary Baker Eddy have to say about these qualities? Our Board of Trustees took a deeper look into these attributes over the summer and had rewarding and sometimes surprising results.
“Cheerful” is the first of the six qualities Mary Baker Eddy chose to describe a Christian Science nurse. Why did Mary Baker Eddy select this quality to lead the list? A 1828 dictionary gives several helpful definitions of the word cheer: “to dispel gloom, sorrow, silence or apathy; to cause to rejoice; to gladden; to infuse life; spirit, animation; to encourage.”
It became clear to me that cheerfulness is a quality that requires action. Cheer is happiness in action! It is the action of bringing happiness and joy to the forefront—and sharing it with others.
Our study assignment also included giving prayerful consideration to our Noontide nursing service for 30 minutes each day. I asked myself, “how can I go about praying for our Service utilizing this quality of cheerfulness?”
An idea came—I can practice being cheerful for one minute, 30 times each day! I immediately began putting this quality of being cheerful into practice.
I began looking for opportunities to express and share joy with others everywhere I went. I soon discovered that this practice uplifted my whole day! It truly had a transformative effect on my thinking and actions. Several weeks into this practice of being more cheerful, I realized that I had experienced healing. A small growth which I had been concerned about for over a year had disappeared from the side of my face. This passage helped me to understand how this healing came to be: “..false beliefs will disappear, when the radiation of Spirit destroys forever all belief in intelligent matter. Then will the new heaven and new earth appear, for the former things will have passed away” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, 556:5). The “radiation of Spirit” had caused this former concern I had to pass away!
I’m truly grateful for this opportunity to study more deeply the essential qualities of our beloved Christian Science nurse. These qualities, when embraced, bring healing.
Below is a small sample of quotes shared with the Trustees and staff:
“False realistic views sap the Science of Principle and idea; they make Deity unreal and inconceivable, either as mind or matter; but Truth comes to the rescue of reason and immortality, and unfolds the real nature of God and the universe to the spiritual sense, which beareth witness of things spiritual, and not material” (Miscellaneous Writings, Mary Baker Eddy, 218:14).
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Isa. 28:10)
“When one can do nothing of himself and is forced to let go of all reliance upon the human mind or material means, turning in desperation to God, the situation is prepared for demonstration. If there is yielding to God's will of health and harmony, when physical distress seems to frighten, the possibilities of instantaneous healing are demonstrated. While few of us may feel we can maintain the high peak of self-surrender at all times, yet it is at this point where we rise to spiritual authority and dominion...Behold, therefore, the grandeur and wonder of self-surrender, as gained in the garden of Gethsemane!” (The Way of Gethsemane, by Lucy Hays Reynolds, The Christian Science Journal, April 1945, p 167)
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, / Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee” (Christian Science Hymnal, 117, v. 1). “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
“Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death” (SH 242:15). ■
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