One day at work a few years ago, I noticed that some of my co-workers began to exhibit flu-like symptoms. A few days later, I began having similar symptoms.
At first I was angry that I had to deal with being sick, but then I remembered part of a sentence from “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science: “your remedy is at hand” (p. 385). This, along with prior healings I’d experienced in my life through prayer, reminded me that I could expectantly pray for healing.
I began by considering what Christian Science explains is everyone’s true identity: the child, or spiritual idea, of the divine Mind, God. The premise that we are mortal, subject to sickness, is an error about our real, spiritual nature. My prayers embraced my co-workers as well.
I went to bed feeling much better, but woke up feeling worse! This particularly troubled me because I wanted to have my full strength so I could do the tasks I needed to, which required constant and spirited moving about.
Every weekday, a “Daily Lift” email arrives in my inbox. These are brief, uplifting podcasts that can be found at www.christianscience.com/dailylift. I had the feeling that the message with that particular day’s “Lift” was the first email I should read, so I opened it up to see what was waiting for me.
The title – “Free from contagion” – caught my attention immediately, and I knew that it would be just what I needed. I listened intently to the ideas that the speaker was offering. She explained that we’re immune to harm because we are pure expressions of God. I liked that. Since I am the pure, spiritual expression of God’s goodness, there could be no impurity, no sickness in me.
The podcast continued with the idea that there is no fear in God, Love, and that divine Love fills all space. To me, this meant that there was no room in God’s universe for fear of sickness, or worry that I wouldn’t be able to do my job. The Bible assures us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18).
Lastly, the speaker said, “We can feel this love and experience permanent peace, and health, now.”
On hearing this, I suddenly realized that every flu-like symptom I had previously felt was gone! I felt so clearly that divine Love, God – who includes only good, not sickness – fills all space.
I enjoyed the rest of the season without a recurrence of the condition. In addition, I noticed that fewer of my co-workers had symptoms of seasonal illness that year.
Each of us can turn to God in prayer and feel His limitless, healing love encompassing us.
Adapted from a testimony published in the Feb. 24, 2014, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel.