Healing of viral flu
One day, while praying about the coronavirus situation, I was reminded of a healing I had in college. There had been an outbreak of the flu at my university. I was in the drama department, and during this time I was involved in putting on a variety show. A little while before I went to our tech rehearsal (the show was scheduled for the following night), I read in our university newspaper that all the beds in our infirmary were filled with people who had the flu, and that others were also out sick with this flu.
I went to the tech rehearsal that night. I was in two of the skits and had directed another one, and when I arrived at the rehearsal, I found that several members of the cast and crew were out sick. So I bounced around taking care of my skits and standing in for others who were not there, since I had the scripts and could help out. It was important that we get all the lights, sound, and scene changes right in preparation for the next night’s performance. At the end of the rehearsal, I went back to my room and flopped into bed.
The next morning I woke up—and wished I hadn’t, as I could hardly move due to the flu symptoms I was experiencing, including pain. I had two roommates, who knew I was a Christian Scientist, and they were very helpful. I told them I was just going to stay in bed and pray, and they kindly left me alone to do so.
I spent the day praying, and one of the thoughts that came to me was based on a passage I knew from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “It is proverbial that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists engaged in humane labors have been able to undergo without sinking fatigues and exposures which ordinary people could not endure. The explanation lies in the support which they derived from the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds....
“Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untoward conditions, if without sin, can be experienced without suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, you can do without harm to yourself” (p. 385).
Now I did not remember this passage verbatim, but I remembered the part about Florence Nightingale and others being able to endure long hours and exposure to disease without suffering, as well as the statement about being able to do whatever it is one’s duty to do—and without harm. I knew that my motive the night before had been to help other people out, which was not selfish or sinful, and I didn’t need to suffer as a result.
Another wonderful thought came to me—this directive from God given in the Bible: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). I was obedient to that divine direction, and I spent the day thinking about what God is, what He does for me, and what I knew of Him and His love for me.
By mid-afternoon, I was able to get up, perfectly well; I washed and dressed and did what I needed to do. That was the end of it! I went to the auditorium for the performance with no problem whatsoever. And I was especially grateful to see that not only was I healed, but everyone else that had been sick was at the show, free of the virus.
In The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy writes: “Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited” (p. 210). This experience helped me understand the ripple effect of our prayers and how others are inevitably blessed when we affirm and prove spiritual truths in our own lives. God’s truth is a law that governs everyone.
I am so very grateful for the facts of Christian Science. One fact that I have been holding to recently is from the first chapter of Genesis in the Bible. After stating that God made man, male and female, in His image and likeness, the chapter says, “And God blessed them” (verse 28). God blessed them! This is a beautiful teaching, that man is blessed. This blessing includes dominion “over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (verse 26). That certainly means dominion over every so-called virus!
Anything that might seem to be the opposite of a blessing would be considered a curse. Later on in the Bible we are told, “The curse causeless shall not come” (Proverbs 26:2). That is a wonderful statement, or truth, for us to know. Since God blessed man and is the only cause, there is not a cause for a curse, so we cannot be cursed.
I am so grateful for having the opportunity to study and learn of Christian Science, the Science of Christ discovered by Mary Baker Eddy, the divine Science so naturally practiced and demonstrated by Jesus throughout his earthly career, which is available for us to understand and practice today.
R. Derek Swire
Flagstaff, Arizona, US