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Helping others who are suffering pain

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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We don't need to stand idly by, frustrated, when another is in pain. There is always something we can do, and also something we should not do. Considering the can-do privilege first, we can immediately recognize the omnipresence of God. We can so fill our thought with God's goodness and allness that the thought of a loved one in pain, or even millions suffering from a political or natural disaster, is crowded out.

This is not ignoring the plight of the suffering but embracing them in peace. God is an ever-present power, a divine influence that turns thought to acknowledge the supremacy of all that is good and the utter powerlessness of whatever opposes this goodness. The Bible instructs, "Acquaint now thyself with him [God], and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee" (Job 22:21). This peace that comes from knowing God is a source of good for all who are within our consciousness.

A man who frequently suffered severe migraine headaches had one on a day when he and his wife were to go out to dinner with friends. Years earlier he'd stopped filling a prescription for a strong painkiller because he preferred to endure the pain rather than deal with the drug's side effects. He and his wife had just recently heard of Christian Science, but it didn't occur to him to think in terms of spiritual healing. He simply left work early and went to bed when he got home.

When his wife came home, she realized that they would need to bow out of the dinner engagement. It was too early to call their friends because they wouldn't be home from work. She wondered what Christian Scientists would do if a loved one were suffering. They might study the weekly Bible Lesson, she thought, and she began to read that week's Lesson.

She gained such a wonderful sense of God's presence and power that she was at peace. She lost all frightened concern for her husband and no longer dreaded calling their friends to say they would not be coming. It was still too early to call, however, and she just sat and rejoiced at this sense of spiritual peace, which was new to her. In a short time, to her surprise, her husband emerged from the bedroom completely healed, and they enjoyed an evening with their friends. And those times when he would be in pain for days were over.

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