Allergies can be healed

Each year as spring approaches, we begin to hear references to hay fever, the allergy to pollen spreading from blossoms and grasses, and, in rural areas, sensitivity to the dust produced when the fields are mowed. I suffered for many years from this kind of allergy and did not know at first what to do about it. But this sensitivity to irritation from dust and pollen made me stop and think. How can it be that man is weaker than the natural world around him?

Pondering this, I was led to ask myself, "What, actually, is man?" In studying Christian Science I have learned not to accept diseases as part of my fate or as sent by God. As Mary Baker Eddy says in her book Science and Health, "What an abuse of natural beauty to say that a rose, the smile of God, can produce suffering!" She continues a few lines later, "It is profane to fancy that the perfume of clover and the breath of new-mown hay can cause glandular inflammation, sneezing, and nasal pangs" (p. 175).

September 25, 1995

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