Stillness of Mind heals pandemic concerns
Last year when news of lockdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic went all over the world, including my own country of Kenya, I noticed much fear, even within my own family. Many people lost their jobs, and the impact was felt everywhere.
Praying to understand the way forward for all of God’s children, I found myself singing this hymn:
Still, still with Thee when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee,
Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
(Harriet Beecher Stowe, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 317 , adapt. © CSBD)
I’ve found that when I feel the stillness of divine Mind—another name for God—I’m able to gather new energy and feel no separation from Life, God, because I know He is in control.
In this stillness of divine Mind, I heard ideas from God that comforted and embraced me. As I prayed for more spiritual understanding in order to uplift my thinking about the situation, these words from the Bible came to me: “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11 ).
Regardless of the results of the test, I could take a stand that we are all made in God’s image and likeness, spiritual and perfect.
This idea helped eliminate my fears and supported my willingness to help others when called for. Understanding the spiritual fact that no “plague” can touch us and that nothing can take away the joy of our salvation in God, awakens us and delivers us “from the noisome pestilence” (Psalms 91:3 ). I felt as though I were hearing bells of gratitude ringing. I realized this was God, good, taking away confusion and fear.
The ever-present stillness, power, and order of divine Mind are evidenced in nature. For example, these qualities can be symbolized by trees, mountains, rivers, and hills, all established as expressions of order and clarity rather than confusion. In God’s creation, one element doesn’t fight or displace or infect another. And we, too, “live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28 ) in accord with Mind’s direction and protection. Led by wisdom and understanding, we reflect Mind, with no confusion or competition. We all are in divine Mind, which created all, and in which all is good.
I continued to pray with the hymn mentioned earlier, which elevated and inspired my thoughts and actions.
Even in times of crisis, our thoughts can expand in reaching hungry hearts and blessing them with healing.
Then I got a call from someone who wanted my prayerful support during a test for the virus. The individual was very fearful.
As I was listening to God for what to say to the caller, these words came like light vanquishing darkness: “Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise” (Nehemiah 9:5 ).
I felt that God was helping me to “stand up” with this individual, and I found myself continuing to sing the inspiring words of the hymn. I knew that regardless of the results of the test, I could take a stand that we are all made in God’s image and likeness, spiritual and perfect.
The test came back positive, and the symptoms the individual was showing were worrying to other members of the family. I continued to focus on the freedom and ability we all have to “stand up and bless the Lord [our] God for ever and ever,” to trample down this belief and any fear. Man—every one of us—is always receptive to perfect health and not to what the physical senses are reporting.
I continued in prayer, reasoning with understanding that we are each the beloved child of God, and that He is pleased with us and we are pleased with Him.
I prayed to support the whole family by turning to the ideas in the last lines of the above hymn: “O, in that hour, and fairer than the dawning, / Rises the glorious thought, I am with Thee.”
The healing was like a new birth. Three days later, a family member called and thanked me. The individual who had displayed symptoms of COVID-19 was completely healed. It was a morning of happiness in realizing that Mind is blessing all with health and proving that evil has no power to separate us from Life.
What assured this healing was knowing that we dwell forever in the heart of divine Mind, no matter the circumstances. We are in tune with Mind, which frees us from suffering.
Christ Jesus said, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34 ). This is evidence to us as a world family that we all have the right to our God-given joy, power, and dominion. Even in times of crisis, our thoughts can expand in reaching hungry hearts and blessing them with healing.