Meeting the human need – women’s accomplishments rediscovered in March, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In appreciation of March being National Women’s History Month, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought spirituality and health, and trends in that field, offers his unique, spiritual perspective on this important topic.  In this article, Tim writes about two women who have been honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame – Clara Barton and Mary Baker Eddy.  He acknowledges and explores the expression of Love (God) that unfolded in each of their life journeys and how it benefited mankind in their life time and is still benefiting us today.  Read this interesting and informative article honoring two exemplary women of history.

mature women for women's history monthAs March is National Women’s History Month, I’d like to recognize the achievements of two women.  Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, expressed exemplary devotion to humanity as a nurse.  This is summed up in her famous words, “You must never so much as think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not, you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.”

Barton’s unselfishness, gallantry and self-abnegation were monumental, and a century after her death, her organization is still helping the victims of tragedy, violence and storms.  In view of this, what she said about one of her contemporaries is notable: “Love permeates all the teachings of this great woman, – so great, I believe, that at this perspective we can scarcely realize how great, and looking into her life history we see nothing but self-sacrifice and selflessness.”

Barton spoke this of Mary Baker Eddy, a fellow member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  Like Barton, Eddy’s life was devoted to meeting the human need.  But Eddy’s contribution was to help mankind find salvation as well as health.  Over a lifetime of prayer and deep study of the Bible, she grasped something that had been lost since the time of the early Christians.  In the Bible, especially in the words and works of Christ Jesus, she found divine laws that brought harmony, health, and holiness to humanity.  She called this discovery Christian Science.

After years of practicing this Science, and healing others through prayer, Eddy wrote Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – a book of which over 9 million copies have been sold, helping countless individuals find meaning in life, including recovery from accidents and healing of disease.

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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