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Stop contagion in its tracks

From the April 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


A few years ago I was texting with a business colleague late one evening, and she apologized for not getting back to me sooner, saying, “Another kid has joined the flu train and it’s getting ugly.” She had three young children and a very active household, and I could hear the stress and worry she was feeling about the coming days.

Without hesitation, I texted back, “Don’t get on the train! Get a ticket refund!” She responded with something positive, and we made plans to move our meeting to the next day. 

After putting my phone down, I affirmed that because God, good, is all, there is nothing unlike good; therefore, there can be no contagion and no disease that has a course to run. We don’t need to accept the belief that there are stages of sickness. Any belief of disease is destroyed by the law of divine health and harmony. Christ, Truth, as Jesus demonstrated, is with each of us, assuring us of our God-given freedom from sin and sickness.

To my delight, I received a text from my colleague the very next morning that said, “Haha, refund acquired—whole house back to good health!”

This was a wonderful example of what Mary Baker Eddy writes about in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind” (p. 162).

What has stayed with me from this quick text exchange is that I didn’t need to convince my friend of any spiritual truth or divine law, or explain the whole of Christian Science. These truths are always in operation, supporting and sustaining us. I simply offered her another view of the situation, and this change of base in both her thought and mine resulted in healing. 

I love how quickly and easily she accepted this idea, saw its effect, and rejoiced in the resulting freedom her whole family experienced.

Gillian Fife Rees

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