A loving shepherd of the Lord
Feed my lambs, tend my sheep,
Over all a vigil keep;
In my name lead them forth
gently, gently as a loving
shepherd of the Lord.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 439)
In the Bible, we are taught that “God is love.” As an example of this, Jesus shared the story of the shepherd who left 99 sheep and went to find the one that was lost (Matthew 18:12, 13
There are times when you or I may feel like that one lost sheep and need the outstretched arms of divine Love to reach us. Mary Baker Eddy reminds us that during those challenging times, “the poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.” (Science & Health, pp. 365-366
At High Ridge House, we endeavor to demonstrate this higher sense of Love as we nurse our patients and those in our community. We hold a “vigil” – maintain a healing atmosphere of thought – in our sanctuary and for those we visit in their homes. HRH is a refuge and a beacon of light 24/7, caring for you. As our patients feel this peace, patience, and love – freedom and healing result.
While February evokes the celebration of Valentine’s Day with its earthly symbols of love - a winged Cupid, doves, chocolates and hearts - each of us, however, longs to more fully express and experience divine Love. By being a loving shepherd of the Lord, we can each tend, feed and guide the flocks under our care. This is true love.
In Miscellaneous Writings (p.370)
, Mrs. Eddy writes: “In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity’s needs. In this age, it assumes more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing.”
What a privilege for us at High Ridge House to defend and practice our love of Christian healing with you. Together, we can be loving shepherds of the Lord.
With love and gratitude for all of you,
Marivic B. Mabanag