Nina Brown

A Message for You

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

An Effective Healthcare Option by NINA BROWN Member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist Healthcare is a subject described by multiple opinions, but it is a personal choice. Today there are many healthcare options available. I grew up in a family where spiritual healing through prayer was consistently, effectively and lovingly practiced. It had proven to be the most effective healing method in my parents’ lives before my sister and I were born. Here is one example, from among many experienced by my family, of effective spiritual healing through prayer: My sister and I often rode our bikes through the subdivision with our friends. One Saturday morning Erika was in hurry to go on a ride with her friends and she left her shoes in the house. A few minutes after she went out, Dad and I heard a very loud scream followed by a crash. Dad knew it was my sister, so he raced out to the street and scooped her up in his arms and moved her bike out of the street. She had gotten her foot tangled in the spokes and it looked pretty bad. Dad cleaned the wound and wrapped it with cloth as he spoke to her of God’s tender love for her. Dad prayed for her and continued to reassure her of God’s goodness and love. In less than an hour my sister was running up the stairs to head back outside and the cloth fell off, revealing her foot with no sign of injury. Dad helped her put her shoes on and she headed out to play. This showed me the practical and immediate effectiveness of spiritual healing through prayer and is an example of why I am grateful that this system of healing was available for our family’s use. Even today I find this system of spiritual healing effective in my life. I enjoy reading the Bible to find inspiration and examples of spiritual healing where people turned to God in prayer and found immediate help. Jesus healed many people and taught that the healings he did his followers could do also. This healing of my sister’s foot showed me this was true and agrees with another book I study, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” […]

A Message for You — February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Leaving the past behind by NINA BROWN Third Church of Christ Scientist, Grand Rapids  The apostle Paul writes in the Bible (KJV Philippians 3:13-14) about forgetting things which are behind and looking forward, moving forward, to “…the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Many times I have been comforted in knowing that if Paul could forget the past, forget that he was Saul and had been an accessory to the death of many Christians, including consenting to the stoning death of Stephen (KJVActs 8:1), then I can forget my past. There was a time when fleshly things kept me from moving forward toward God. I did think about God and prayed as best I could, but I continued to be pulled off course regularly until, like Saul, I was ready to see the goodness already present in me. I thought about the words from Genesis 1:31 (KJV), “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” I realized that God made me and He made me good, so I couldn’t be fooled into thinking I was bad. I am now staying on a forward course more often than not, but occasionally feelings—grief that I wasted so much time neglecting my spiritual journey and guilt that I may have been an unsavory influence to others—overcome me and would shipwreck my progress if I let them. More words from Paul (Romans) help steady me: we are (I am—you are) “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” That means I can, you can, accept the gift of grace given through Christ Jesus, the same grace that moved Jesus with compassion to heal multitudes. As an heir of grace I have a responsibility to obey the two great commandments given us by Jesus: to love the Lord thy God with all the heart, the soul and the mind and my neighbor as myself. I find I can’t obey these when my thought is filled with regret, because the regret becomes more to me than God. Along with the Scriptures, I study Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. She writes, “A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in […]