I’d been feeling feverish for a few days and was wondering whether to attend Annual Meeting as planned. I really wanted to respond to the invitation of “Christ calling us together.”
I had been praying to know that I couldn’t be prevented from participating in and contributing to all the wonderful events. A passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy was helpful. It says, “Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter does not” (p. 413). I took this to mean that regardless of the apparent fever, divine Mind, God, was directly controlling every condition of my being. Nothing could harm me unless God allowed it, and I knew God could allow only good.
Feeling confident in my prayers and in the power of Christian Science to sustain me, I flew across the country to Boston. I joyfully attended all the events at The Mother Church on Sunday, but had an uncomfortable night, awaking the next morning in some distress. It seemed wise not to attend Annual Meeting that day, but I quickly recognized that thought as animal magnetism—or a negative suggestion that evil was as real as good.