Going to church is beneficial to your health: no doubt about it now. Oh, for sure, just sitting in a building doesn’t do it. But going to church regularly, listening and heeding the message, practicing and participating in the teachings, does. Tim Mitchison’s own story illustrates this. He says:
“Visiting a forest preserve with my young daughter one afternoon I jumped off a large tree stump and badly twisted my ankle. That evening my ankle was swollen out of shape, very black and blue, and extremely painful. My wife asked me if I wanted to go to church with her. I said no, I was in too much pain. She urged me to go. I hobbled into that church service with no shoe on that foot (it was summer), but walked out with my shoe on and a painless ankle.
“Did going to church help heal that ankle? Yes. I listened intently to the readings from The Bible and another book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, as we do in the church I attend; I prayed and sang hymns; and I felt the presence and power of God release me from the pain. A few days later all evidence of the discoloration and swelling were also gone.
“Can going to church be beneficial to your health? Yes, but don’t just take my word for it. A new study co-authored by Tyler VanderWeele, a researcher at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, concluded, ‘Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource…’ Their research noted numerous benefits associated with attending services. Participants who began going to church services became more likely to quit smoking and were less likely to show signs of depression.”
Mitchison notes how surprised the researchers were with the strength of these findings, even in the quicker recovery of church going cancer patients. If you’d like to learn more of the benefits of going to church, Read More here.