Reviewing the Spiritual Qualities of Health Care

Reviewing the Spiritual Qualities of Health Care

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by Don Ingwerson

The pursuit of health through various health care options continues to be a focus for the public. I thought this Christian Science Journal article by Lyle Young was especially helpful when thinking about how to pray for health care. Lyle is from Canada, with a different health-care system than the United States, but the spiritual qualities that are found within this health-care system are universal. I have included an excerpt of his article. To read the entire article, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

…Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, wrote: “There are various methods of treating disease, which are not included in the commonly accepted systems; but there is only one which should be presented to the whole world, and that is the Christian Science which Jesus preached and practised and left to us as his rich legacy” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 344). Students of Christian Science can learn to practice Christian healing effectively, and share this healing with the world.

They can also pray specifically in support of humanity’s search for better health, as represented by all the various health-care systems in place today. My own home country of Canada adopted such a system some decades ago. And, in an effort to be consistent with Mary Baker Eddy’s conviction that Christian Science would leaven science, theology, and medicine (see Science and Health, pp. 107–164), I pray in support of the evolution of that system to be more effective—based more on eternal Truth, and less on constantly changing material theories about health.

The Canadian health-care system has five basic aspects to it, each of which can be understood in a spiritual light. These five aspects of health care can be seen as expressions of how God cares for man spiritually. This can form a foundation for prayer. Here is how I have been praying in support of the leavening of each of these five different aspects of health care:

To continue reading, click here: Praying in support of health care

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Rahla says

    Thanks, Don and Lyle. The totality of spiritual health care was forefront in my thinking yesterday when I had the opportunity to interact with a paramedic team called to help a patron at the DMV office. What came to thought immediately was “the Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking.” I witnessed helpfulness, caring, joy, and freedom.

  2. Rhonda says

    Very helpful article. There seems to be a definite need to keep thought focused on the truth, the spiritual truth, about health-care. With all the challenges and problems concerning the present healthcare system here in the U.S., keeping thought on the ideas shared in this article will certainly benefit all concerned. Thank you Lyle and Don. (=

  3. Pamela says

    Thanks Don for sharing Lyle’s article from the Christian Science Journal. I did read it in the Journal, but it was great to re-read it here. As Mary Lou mentioned I too loved the five spiritual steps.

  4. Anne says

    I love how this article lifts thought above the merely physical aspect of health care. The statement that “health shines as a quality of Spirit, God” soars way beyond the concept of a material body as “improperly functioning…matter.” The quote from Psalms 103 is perfect in how it expresses what God can do for one’s health care.

    And I loved the “portable” healing. To know that God is with us to call upon wherever we go, is a healing comfort in itself.

    This is a wonderful article to ponder and pray about. Thank you for the many spiritual insights.

  5. Anne Hughes says

    I am a citizen of both countries and am doubly sure that my health depends upon God’s Love for me and all mankind, all of God’s creation. We can pray with compassion for everyone that their health needs can be supplied in just the right way for them, that no one is left out, that no one feels left without care.