Flu symptoms gone

One morning as I headed from the parking garage to my office building, I noticed a large poster that greeted every visitor to the building with the message “It’s flu season. Be sure to get your flu shot.” By the time I reached my office a few minutes later, I had begun experiencing all the symptoms associated with the flu. 

Throughout my life, the promise of God’s protection described by King David in the ninety-first Psalm has been a source of great comfort to me. The psalm assures us, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (verses 9, 10). So, my immediate response to these symptoms was to seek refuge in the Most High by shutting the door to my office and opening a Bible that I often turned to for inspiration.

I don’t recall which passage I opened to that morning, but as I started to pray with the spiritual inspiration I was receiving, it became obvious to me that the message on the poster suggesting that I was vulnerable to the flu unless I had a flu shot, had, without any resistance from me, waltzed into thought. And the speed with which I had gone from feeling completely fine to feeling absolutely awful made me realize that this had nothing to do with what was going on in my body, and everything to do with what was happening in my thought. 

The Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second” (p. 234). And then she explains how we can defend ourselves from, and gain control over, thoughts regarding sickness.

Christian Science teaches that this control doesn’t come from trying to talk ourselves out of feeling sick, but from understanding a foundational precept of Christian healing demonstrated by Christ Jesus: that man (meaning everyone) was made in the image and likeness of God, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis (see verses 26, 27), and that God, the source of that image and likeness, is Spirit. 

As I prayed, I reasoned that since God is Spirit, I, as God’s likeness, had to be entirely spiritual. I wasn’t susceptible to a virus any more than divine Spirit could be susceptible to it. Reasoning from this basis, the only conclusion I could reach was that the belief in the reality of a virus is false, making it impossible for that belief to have any impact on me or my experience. I affirmed that this was true not only for me but for everyone, including all those in my office building. 

What resulted was a very quick healing. Within roughly ten minutes of my opening my Bible, the symptoms completely vanished, and I was able to work without further discomfort. I attribute this to the prompt corrective action I took in my thought. 

I’m truly grateful for the opportunities that my study of Christian Science affords me to enhance my understanding of God’s loving care for each of us, and to experience the practical and immediate ways His protection is delivered. 

Ken “Keb” Bemis
Prosper, Texas, US

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