I was preparing for bed and felt symptoms of a cold coming on. “Uh-oh,” I thought at first. “You’re not feeling so hot. Tomorrow is Sunday, and you’re First Reader in church, in charge of the church service. Will your voice be ready for that?”
I had a decision to make. Did I have to accept a set of rules mandating the onset and stages of the common cold? No! Was there a higher law that promised a better way? Yes! The Master, Christ Jesus, promised a Comforter that would overrule the verdict of material sense. This Comforter has been identified by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, as Divine Science (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 55).
I thought of the way Mrs. Eddy, through her writings, counsels readers regarding approaching symptoms of disease. In Science and Health she writes, “Let Christian Science, instead of corporeal sense, support your understanding of being, and this understanding will supplant error with Truth, replace mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony” (p. 495). We are given this promise of freedom as an antidote to all false beliefs—including cold symptoms.
My desire was to see the arguments relating to this cold as false and irrelevant to my life, because those arguments are not from God. Science and Health firmly counsels, “Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, and rise to the true consciousness of Life as Love,—as all that is pure, and bearing the fruits of Spirit” (p. 391). The immediate “fruit” of my changing thought was that the cold symptoms and fear of laryngitis disappeared.
So, if you’re tempted with suggestions of the common cold at any season, know that you have solid reason to accept the spiritual understanding of being instead of the sense testimony. Anyone can accept spiritual evidence and reap the freedom that results.
David A. Cornell
Everett, Washington, US
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