On page 4 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy states: “What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.”
“What we most need…” This is a powerful and loving directive. In my experience, this one statement wholeheartedly accepted in consciousness and actively practiced does heal. From this statement, each of us can recognize the essential need to pray with fervent desire to grow in grace. We see also that in order to express more patience, humility, love, and goodwill, one must develop a graceful spirit or have a graceful heart.
The quality of grace expressed in thought and action gives an individual more self-control. This divine attribute – as do qualities of gratitude, joy, hope, faith, and love – opens the door of consciousness to spiritual healing. No one can have too much growth in grace. We all, our world and mankind must be benefited and blessed beyond measure by practicing more grace.
In my college days I used a number of dictionaries, and one was an Unabridged 20th Century Webster’s, in which there were about 40 definitions for the word “grace.” Three of these definitions are:
- “The divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection.” (Ancient Greek)
- “To bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to show mercy, graciously intreat, pray.” (Ancient Hebrew)
- “God’s favor or help” (Middle English)
The Student’s Reference Dictionary, which has many definitions based on Scriptural citations, indicates that the word “grace” can be a blessing or gratuity. Moreover, the primary sense of “gratus” is free, ready, quick, willing, prompt. Other definitions are:
- Kindness, disposition to oblige another.
- The free, unmerited love and favor of God.
- The influence of Spirit, in renewing the heart.
- The application of Christ’s righteousness.
- A state of reconciliation to God.
- Virtuous affection.
- Spiritual instruction, improvement, edification.
In reference to spiritual power, Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods” (Science and Health, p. 67).
Grace coupled with Truth, therefore, is a divine power that each child of God can turn to and rely upon. Graceful and truthful thinking is truly powerful, giving one confidence to have dominion over whatever may seem to need healing – be it an acute bodily function, a so-called chronic condition, a negative character trait, an injury or an accident.
At Wide Horizon, I feel strongly the dedicated workers here have hearts which desire such right thinking and doing in our service through the activity of Christian Science nursing. Also, I believe we will find, that when we continually wear the garment of humility and grace, Love will bless us and lead us to do greater deeds, which in turn blesses others and all mankind. And, through the grace of God, we will experience peace!
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