When our first child was born, my husband and I faced a big challenge. The doctor came to our room at the maternity hospital and told us that I could be released but the child should remain at the hospital because of a blood incompatibility (with me). I was very frightened when she suggested the baby undergo a blood transfusion if his condition worsened. When the doctor left our room and we were alone, my husband, also a student of Christian Science, declared out loud: “This is impossible! Our son is a spiritual idea, created by God, and cannot be in conflict with another spiritual idea.”
We started to read the Bible Lesson from the Christian Science Quarterly for that week, consisting of passages from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. I realized that my husband’s words were based on this spiritual truth: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive” (Science and Health, p. 463). I also realized that, as a spiritual idea, my son had, in reality, not been conceived materially, but by God—Spirit. God is the true and only Father, the only creator, of us all. So, at that moment I pondered how my son could be only spiritual and perfect, as the spiritual and perfect creation of God.
While we were reading the Bible Lesson, the baby underwent another exam. When we arrived at the nursery about an hour later, the doctor told us that she couldn’t understand what had happened, because the latest exam didn’t indicate anything wrong. The blood transfusion wasn’t necessary—our baby was released and went home with us.