Can God be sick?

It was a busy morning at our house. My dad was about to leave for work. My mom, my brother and sister, and I were getting ready to go to my swim lesson. I was looking forward to it—I loved being in the water and trying to swim as fast as I could from one side of the pool to the other.

But something was wrong. I heard my mom telling my dad that my brother wasn’t feeling well. How could we go to my swim lesson if my brother didn’t want to get out of bed?

I wanted to help my family, so I did what I saw my mom and dad do a lot—I prayed for my brother to help him feel better. In my Christian Science Sunday School classes, I had learned that we all reflect God and that God is only good. He’s never sick or tired or hurt. I thought that since my brother is God’s reflection, he couldn’t be sick, either.

I decided to go talk to my brother and share what I had been praying about. I went into his room and sat next to him on his bed. He was lying under his starfish covers, and I saw that he didn’t feel well. But I kept thinking that because he reflects God, he could only be happy and healthy.

“Hey,” I said to him. “Is God sick right now?”

My brother shook his head. “No, God isn’t sick.”

“Well, you reflect God, right?” I asked. “You always reflect God. And God’s not sick. So can you be sick?”

He smiled and said, “No!”


Then we talked about the good qualities he expresses, like joy, strength, and kindness, which all come from God. I could tell that my brother was already feeling better. In a few minutes, he wanted to get out of bed.

Yay! We were going to the pool after all! I had fun swimming laps, and my brother and sister had fun playing in the pool. I was happy, and I knew it was all because of God.

Knee injury quickly overcome
November 28, 2022

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