I was in for three surprises.
First, when I responded to the patient’s buzzer, I expected him simply to ask for help moving from one place to another. But his nose was bleeding.
Second, even though he was receiving daily treatment from a Christian Science practitioner, he demanded, “Heal me!”
Third, I didn’t tell him what I normally would in my role as a Christian Science nurse (“I will call your practitioner”). I was led simply to smile and say, “OK.”
He looked surprised. I think because he was used to the protocol of calling his practitioner. A second later he said, “It stopped!” No more nose bleed. That
didn’t surprise me. Not because I gave him a Christian Science treatment that healed him – I didn’t. It was because on occasion I had experienced or witnessed similar healings that don’t require time or a treatment. I call them “Gabriel” healings.
The Founder of Christian Science (and Christian Science nursing) Mary Baker Eddy explains, “If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific way, and the healing is instantaneous” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, 411:10
). She later describes two different angelic offices of God’s divine messages, called Michael and Gabriel.
While Michael “fights the holy wars,” she notes that “Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love…. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love and there is no error, no sin, no sickness, nor death. Against Love, the dragon warreth not long…” (S&H 566:29
). She defines the dragon in part as fear (S&H 593:7
That day when I responded to the patient, I was very receptive to the ever-presence of God, Love and to the Gabriel-message, "He's fine. You don't need to do anything." Together, we witnessed God's quick healing power.
Patients at Christian Science nursing facilities receive two types of professional care: Christian Science treatment
(provided by a Christian Science practitioner engaged by the patient) and Christian Science nursing
. Both types support each other and contribute to healing.
In the years since that experience, my Christian Science nursing ministry has moved from patients’ rooms to High Ridge House’s Business Office. I still cherish that day’s proof that there is a way you and I can help heal even in situations where it is not our role to provide Christian Science treatment.
Let’s celebrate freedom this Independence Day by being receptive to Gabriel messages of Love that free us from
fear and other dragons, physical or fiscal. And free us to
heal — anytime, anywhere — including here at High Ridge House, 5959 Independence