A healing of Covid at camp

I was worried about my summer. I’d just arrived at a camp for Christian Scientists, where I was going to be a staff member for the first time. But I hadn’t been there long before I heard about a few people having to quarantine because of Covid. Although I wasn’t too concerned, I definitely didn’t want to deal with Covid myself. Unfortunately, before the campers even arrived, one of the kitchen staff members I was working with tested positive. This meant I had to wear a mask and take a Covid test every day for five days. 

This was a little scary, because camp is a place where I’ve always felt safe. But I knew it was right to abide by the law. Still, I was afraid of what would happen if I ended up testing positive, too. A couple of days later, I did test positive, and I had to move to a cabin away from everyone else to quarantine. 

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I was scared that I wasn’t feeling well, but I also felt isolated and frustrated.

At first I was scared about the disease and about not feeling well, but I also felt isolated, frustrated, and resentful that my camp experience wasn’t turning out the way I’d wanted it to. But spending time in quarantine also gave me a quiet space to pray. I knew that camp was a place where I was surrounded by love and that people were supporting me in praying about this situation.

I asked my mom to contact a Christian Science practitioner to pray for me, and my mom also stayed in touch with me, which helped me to feel less alone.

One idea that really helped me as I prayed was from the Bible. It says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” (I John 4:18). This idea helped me realize that because I am a perfect reflection of Love, my Father-Mother God, there is no room in me for any thoughts that aren’t from God. So, loving God, everyone at camp, and myself, too, excluded any fear I had about this sickness or my camp experience, because where Love is, fear can’t exist. Love also helped wash away any resentment I was feeling about missing out on camp activities.

Love helped wash away any resentment I was feeling about missing out on camp activities.

After praying this way, I woke up the next day feeling great. I was able to return to work in two days, after the required five-day quarantine period, and a negative Covid test result. I was so grateful for everything I learned, for all the prayerful support I received while in quarantine, and for being able to enjoy the rest of my summer at camp. 

Now I feel closer to God and more confident that healing is always possible.

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