A Friend Like Me, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a writer and a colleague, who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, explores this deep and touching topic.  Tim shares his spiritual perspective – an interview with a clinical therapist and a story of a woman, who faced and overcame sadness, disappointment in others and loneliness through completely turning to God through prayer. He acknowledges how Divine Love (God) is an unconditional friend who gives comfort, strength and love to all of His children.  Join Tim and read about this all-powerful, ever-present remedy for loneliness!

friend like me (1)My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which hints at the possibility of unconditional friendship.  That may be a hard thing to come by these days, especially when life often seems so hectic, unstable, stressful.  It’s easy to feel alone and lonely.

I remember an interview I had a few years ago with Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center.  He commented that often people turn to drugs and alcohol, mistakenly thinking these may alleviate loneliness.  Sadly, he stated, this often leads to addiction and psychological and physical harm.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offered a more reliable way to alleviate loneliness – the unconditional friendship of God, divine Love.  Quoting Scripture, she wrote in her best-selling book on spirituality and health, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “’God is Love.’  More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go.”  She wrote this because she had found it true in her life.

As a young woman, Eddy lost her brother, mother and husband to sickness, all within just a few years.  Shortly after, her only child was taken from her because her family felt she was too ill to care for the little boy.

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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