The following “letter to the editor” was published in the Concord Monitor and Manchester Union Leader this Easter weekend.
Easter brings remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also of his life, an important part of which involved healing others through prayer.
The health care that Jesus brought folks in his day can be ours today. Health is derived from the root word heal. It’s a sound state of mind and body. Health or heal means to restore to original purity or integrity.
Health is a restoration of what man already is as the son or daughter of God. Not man, but God is the source of true health.
There are three things that would undermine health in consciousness and body: fear, ignorance, and sin.
Fear would limit our full demonstration of health.
Ignorance would keep us from understanding God as the source of wellness.
Sin would try to separate us from God and destroy our God-given well-being.
Years ago I was ill with weakness and breathing problems. I turned to God in prayer for healing. I prayed for courage, to understand God, and to destroy any sinful sense of separation from divine Love – from Love’s consciousness and natural provision of health.
The Lord’s Prayer and a sentence in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by former Concord resident Mary Baker Eddy helped: “Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health and harmony.” (page 412)
Earnest prayers eventually healed me and I resumed my normal activities. My prayers today are for a healthy Easter for all.