Binding up the Broken-hearted

         "If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted." Thus writes Mrs. Eddy on page 366 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." It is plainly evident that this simple, clear statement presents both a primal and a tremendously important rule, which must be understood and practiced if true Christian Science healing is to be accomplished. All Christian Scientists are aware that this dictum of their Leader marks out the path for the successful practitioner, and there is no one of them who is honestly striving to demonstrate Christian Science in the healing of the sick who does not know that finally he must obey it.

         All true Christian Scientists are longing to bring this healing to the world in the full measure which Jesus promised should be possible to his followers when he said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." But first we must learn to "bind up the broken-hearted"! And just how is this to be done? Just how are we to do this work which our beloved Leader considers so necessary as a preliminary to the healing of the sick?

         It does not take very deep thought to see that this can be effected only as divine Love is learned, loved, and lived. One must undoubtedly desire first, and above all else, to understand and adore as well as demonstrate our God who is Love, if we are ever to know how to apply the balm, which prepares the way for healing, to the sad hearts which seem so largely to people the world today. Who today does not need to have his heart bound up; for there seem to be all sorts of broken hearts crying out for comfort. As Hamilton has so aptly said in the lines Mrs. Eddy has quoted on page 95 of "Retrospection and Introspection":

"For heavy is the weight of ill
         In every heart;
And comforters are needed much
         Of Christlike touch."

         One must however, first be willing to give up all belief in his own broken heart, if he would learn to bind up the hearts of others. There are few, if any, of us who have not some sense of ill which must be relinquished before we can know the unselfed love which sees our brother's need and can minister to it because we ourselves have loved enough to let go of the falsity which kept us believing that we were subject to some form of harm.

         Now there is a strong tendency in human consciousness to cling to the belief that there is satisfaction in having a hard time. Men even sometimes fancy that the harder the time the greater the prestige among their fellows, the greater the honor they are to gain in some perhaps unexplained way. Christian Science uncovers all this foolishness, for it shows that it is the duty of everyone to prove the all-power and all-might of divine Love, and therefore that no honor can ever accrue to one, except as through unselfed love he demonstrates the total unreality of his own broken heart.

         How often we hear it said by Christian Scientists, "Oh, if I could only love more!" And yet, are we really ready and willing to love enough to do the work necessary to bring this tender, compassionate, unselfed love into our own thinking and experience? How many desire sufficiently to bind up the broken hearts of others to be willing to persevere patiently and steadfastly in rejecting their own beliefs in evil, so that they may thereby be properly prepared to help their neighbors to know the unreality of all that is untrue, false, wrong, of all that is heart-rending?

         Divine Love must ever be the only reality and the only power, since it is the infinite God. Love will therefore finally win all to itself; it will eventually dispel in the human consciousness all belief in wrong and evil; it will surely and ultimately do everything for everyone. We, however, must love and live it through reflection, — for true loving alone is true living, — if we are to prove its power in healing.

         What an incentive, therefore, is placed before us, so to love Love that we shall never accept or entertain any unlovely thought, so to love Love that we shall be able to demonstrate that unselfishness which gladly lets go of all which does not originate in perfect Love. As we faithfully embrace this privilege, we shall come into that spiritual understanding which can indeed bind up the broken-hearted, and which will inevitably go forward to the demonstration of the reflection of divine Love, which invariably and instantaneously heals the sick.


"Binding up the Broken-hearted" by Ella W. Hoag, CSD
Christian Science Sentinel, April 2, 1927

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