As news reports continue to highlight what is being done in the United States and around the world to contain and deal with the Ebola virus, we can turn to some relevant, helpful passages from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy to direct our thinking and prayers on this subject:
“Disease arises, like other mental conditions, from association. Since it is a law of mortal mind that certain diseases should be regarded as contagious, this law obtains credit through association,—calling up the fear that creates the image of disease and its consequent manifestation in the body” (p. 154).
“Let us reassure ourselves with the law of Love. God never punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his protest against this belief in order to annul it” (p. 384).
“Truth handles the most malignant contagion with perfect assurance” (p. 176).
To read a longer, especially pertinent passage from Science and Health, use JSH-Online’s Concord Express, on the right hand side of this web page, and type “SH 196:20-15” in the search bar.
Here are thoughts from writers who have prayed about contagion and some of the spiritual concepts that inspired them.
“Closing the door on contagion” is a comprehensive article on prayer to overcome contagion, including contagious disease. It turns thought toward God, Spirit, as the only cause and power governing man.
In “No trouble shall touch them,” the writer tells of her prayers about an earlier contagion and how she dealt with concerns regarding family members who were in an area affected by that disease.
The writer of “Prayer during an epidemic” describes a healing he had after he went back to his home country and began exhibiting some of the symptoms of the disease epidemic going on there. He writes: “For a number of years, I had been using prayer as an effective way to solve my problems, including health problems. I knew I could trust the power of prayer to help me this time, too. And though, of course, I wanted to feel better physically, I also wanted to pray for the rest of the community, too.”