Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:13-15).
The gospel message is the good news that Christ is here, demonstrating the Love that is God. This gospel message includes the revelation of Christian Science, again, as in the time of Christ Jesus, teaching and demonstrating the saving grace of God. As Christian Scientists we are sent to preach the gospel, and at Fern Lodge we have unique opportunities of share the good news of Christian Science nursing with our fellow man.
Normally, the Fern Lodge Focus gives readers information about Christian Science nursing, insights into the spiritual, Christian inspiration that guides our work, and the services Fern Lodge offers for our community. This issue will focus on how Fern Lodge has touched some individuals who are not actively involved with Christian Science nursing.
As part of our Activities Program, patients at the facility have been in touch with Robert Staeded, Jr., who wrote from a local prison. His letter speaks of his gratitude for Fern Lodge and of his unfolding demonstration of Christian Science, witnessing the truth of Mary Baker Eddy’s promise, “Christian Science…shows the scientific relation of man to God…and sets free the imprisoned thought” (S&H 114:23-27).
Inside you may read of the experiences and observations of three interns from Principia College who spent part of their summer working at Fern Lodge. Also inside is the text of a talk given by Anna Lisa Kronman, CS, at a Christian Science nursing program held in July. See the back page for more information about the program.
The next Focus will include a report of our September 23 Fern Lodge Annual Meeting. We also will explain in depth the Fern Lodge benevolence policies that offer support for those who receive Christian Science nursing.