The Message of Helping Hands, by Van Driessen

In this article, Van Driessen, a colleague and a writer, who writes from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner on the impact of thought and consciousness in regard to health, explores this provocative topic. Van gives us examples of unsolicited help and kindness expressed by three perfect strangers-each of different enthnicity and nationality.  He shares his spiritual perspective and turns to the Lord’s Prayer (given to us by Christ Jesus) as a universal directive to unselfishness and love for our brother man.  Join me and read these inspiring stories!

Helping handsI hope the three short experiences I am about to relate will inspire you as they did me. As you’ll see, the message they carry is powerful enough to bring even physical healing.

One morning on a busy street in Manhattan, New York City, I was moving furniture out of our apartment into a rented cargo van.  I was struggling with a 5-drawer metal filing cabinet when a well-dressed man of Latino decent stopped, put down his briefcase, and helped me lift the file cabinet into the van. He gave me a smile, I thanked him, and he cheerily walked away.

The next day around 10 p.m. I was moving furniture out of the cargo van into our storage unit. I was holding a large wooden end table with an electrical cord that was stuck under something in the van. I yelled to my wife on the loading dock, but she had her hands full. Then out of the dimly-lit sidewalk appeared a clean-cut black man.  He said, “Let me help,” crawled into the van, lifted something off the cord, then helped me carry the table to the loading dock. I said thank you, and he walked back to the sidewalk and was gone.

In the third instance, I was loading furniture into the van behind our building at night when one of the janitors, with whom I was acquainted, appeared and started helping me carry the pieces of furniture and boxes to the cargo van. He went with me back to our apartment to get another load and spent 30 to 45 minutes working with me. Based on his accent, I guessed he was of Russian descent. I offered to pay him, but he waved me off, and before heading back into the building, he said, “Glad to help; you have been friendly to me.

                                                                                      

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org