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!”

ANNA LITWILLER — STAFF

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.

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