As a Christian Science Nurse, being able to lift patients properly is an imperative skill. One evening as I was working at Fern Lodge (a nearby Christian Science Care Facility), a lift was not done properly and later I began to feel the effects of this in my back. The next two days were my days off, and I worked with a Christian Science practitioner to understand my perfection as a child of God, untouched by what seemed to be a bad lifting experience. As the time approached for me to return to work, by back was still aching. I wondered: do I stay home and rest more, or put forth the effort to go in? While talking with the supervising nurse, I realized I was needed. I called the practitioner again and she gave me the following citation: “…Blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 518) When I arrived, I was asked to help get someone up and give her a shower and I was asked if I felt able to do it. I found that with another nurse doing the lifting part, I could do the rest. As I continued to work, the pain disappeared and I was able to fulfill my assigned responsibilities. Within a couple of days, I was assisting with lifts with complete freedom. The first statement of the Preface of Science and Health states, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” I like to say that, to those leaning on God, each shift is big with blessings.

L. M.

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