Okay, that wasn’t quite the way the headline read in today’s Sheffield Telegraph. The article is actually entitled Ex-teacher dies at 107 after ‘great service’. It is further along in this appreciative obituary that it says that former Sheffield teacher Maisie Linstead – from ‘a generation of women who were once banned from teaching’ but ‘got a job in Rotherham where she could give children “the gift of literacy”’ – was a Christian Scientist.
After outlining his mother’s life of achievement, her son explained to the Telegraph that Maisie “also had great faith and was a member of the Christian Science Church, which is something she believed kept her healthy. We took her to the doctors when she was 99 and her medical card said that she had not been seen by anybody for 50 years. Our mother loved a good laugh, loved children and her family and shared and delighted in other people’s happiness. She lived a very full and a very happy life and for that we are very proud.”
Thanks to the Sheffield Telegraph for printing this good news human interest story and for perhaps throwing some light onto an even-better-news spiritual interest story: not that the Church of Christ, Scientist per se keeps anyone healthy, but that the Christian Science healing practice at the core of its teaching is an effective approach to healthcare.
As is the case with all healthcare approaches, Christian Science practice does not have a 100% success record. But Maisie’s example of going decades without any medical attention and still living a long and healthy life is not unusual…
In my position as media representative of Christian Science in the UK this is the third individual I have learned about in recent years who has routinely relied on Christian Science for their healthcare and has been happily in a position to receive that 100th birthday congratulatory telegraph from the Queen.
The Gospel record in the Bible of the life of Jesus is not called “the good news” for nothing. The healing Principle Jesus practised is alive and well, and an explanation of how to apply this Christian spirituality to practical needs today is available for all to explore in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
Mary Baker Eddy, the author of Science and Health, lived to the ripe old age of 89 herself in an era when women’s average life expectancy was considerably less. In her senior years, Cosmopolitan magazine (in its early incarnation as “a family magazine”!) wrote of her: “Certainly, Christian Scientists, enthusiastic in their belief, are fortunate in being able to point to a Leader far beyond the allotted years of man, emerging triumphantly from all attacks upon her, and guiding with remarkable skill, determination, and energy a very great organization that covers practically the civilized world.”
Here is news of a Christian Scientist celebrating a 100 years “across the pond” in the USA.
And here is how Cosmopolitan looked back when it published Mary Baker Eddy compared to how it looks now…