"If he opened his heart to God, he would find God's great love right there."

A healing that has come about is the sense that I was not loving myself very well. We are given the directive to love our brother as ourselves, but that cannot easily be done when we are not caring nor loving ourselves very much. Some unkind ways of treating and thinking about myself have fallen away. I realized that God was loving and caring for me and that by reflection I must do the same for myself.  This improvement has brought a clearer mental concept of myself to thought, and I’m also feeling much more open about sharing the truth with others. This wasn’t a problem in the past, but it had been covered over the last few years to the point where I sometimes felt anti-social.

The clearest indication of this which I’ve had so far is an increased willingness to share concepts learned in Christian Science with others, particularly on social media.

A cousin of mine, which I grew up with, suffered for several years after an industrial accident which left one of his feet badly injured. Years of prescription medicine and surgeries has brought him through many trials of his faith in God (he is a Catholic by upbringing) and he has seemingly continued to battle the belief of depression.

After a recent post of his on Facebook, I got a strong impression that he was mired in pain and depression. I prayed about how I could best help him. While I was working, I scribbled down a cryptic message on a scrap of paper, and put it in my pocket. When I got home later in the day, I looked at the note and it inspired me to write him a short message about how if he opened his heart to God, he would find that God’s great love was right there.

A while later I received a notification from him, saying, “I’ve waited seventeen years for someone to tell me that, thank you.”  It is obvious from his consequent posts that there has been steady improvement in his thought. 

One of the things I’ve discovered is that this reaching out is natural and it has made me to feel more love and compassion toward my cousin and others as well. I’m no longer bashful about re-posting the Daily Lift, or sharing Bible phrases with others, or just plain sharing healing thoughts learned in my study of Christian Science. This has brought an uplift to my own experience and daily life. This spiritual growth is also bolstering my CS nursing practice.