Healing after a Covid exposure
It was finals week , and I was stressed. But things felt even more stressful when my roommate told me she’d tested positive for Covid. I was scared. I was also worried that I wouldn’t be able to go home for Christmas break or see my friends. I wasn’t sure what to do, but my friends really wanted me to get tested, since I’d been around them.
While I wanted to be considerate and wise, I knew that listening to my friends’ fears wasn’t a good way to quiet my own fears, so I decided to go back to my dorm room and be alone for a little bit. In the Bible, Jesus says that to pray effectively, we should, “enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:6). By returning to my dorm room alone, I felt I was symbolically closing the door on my friends’ concerns so I could focus on what God was telling me.
It felt natural for me to rely on prayer at a moment like this because praying has helped me and brought me a lot of peace when I’ve felt scared in the past. I called a Christian Science practitioner to pray with me and, looking for some inspiration, began to read a few articles published in the Christian Science Sentinel. This passage in particular stuck out to me: “. . . our true identity is not in bodily characteristics, but in the reflection of infinitely good spiritual qualities, such as intelligence, kindness, and generosity” (Ryan Vigil, “Identity—what am I seeing?” January 3, 2022). I thought a lot about this idea, and I was able to start to see myself as the expression of God’s good qualities. Qualities can’t be vulnerable to disease, because they’re spiritual. So I could see that my spiritual identity couldn’t be attacked or affected.
By returning to my dorm room alone, I felt I was symbolically closing the door on my friends’ concerns so I could focus on what God was telling me.
While praying with this idea, I was able to see everyone around me in the same way: my roommate, my friends, and even everyone else at college. I felt a wave of joy and peace wash over me.
This made it easier for me to focus on the next course of action with a clear head. I knew I’d have to get tested to meet my college’s protocols for close contacts, and my friends helped me find a way to get tested that night. Their love for me helped me continue to feel calm about the situation.
When I got to the testing site, I noticed how late the nurse was working to help test students, and I thought about some of the qualities that she was expressing, like intelligence, patience, and dedication. It helped me so much to see that God’s qualities really are everywhere.
When I got the test results, they were negative! As I left the building, I started crying out of happiness and gratitude to God. I continued to pray about the entire situation as my friends got tested, and was so happy to hear that they had all tested negative as well.
When I got the test results, they were negative!
A few days later, I went to visit a friend before heading home for winter break. After we spent the day together, she said she didn’t feel well and decided to take an at-home Covid test.
The test was positive, but I wasn’t alarmed. Hadn’t I witnessed God’s care for my friends and me just a few days before? It was so clear to me that I couldn’t be in jeopardy just because I was in close contact. I also knew that my friend didn’t have to suffer either. What I’d already understood to be true from my prayers was still true about me, and also true about this friend.
Because my friend is also a Christian Scientist, she was open to us praying about this situation together. I called the practitioner back and asked for her continued prayers. I also shared with my friend what had happened with me a few days earlier, including the protection I’d experienced and the helpful ideas I’d been praying with.
The next morning, my friend woke up feeling completely well, and I experienced no symptoms. We were both able to enjoy our break without illness. I was grateful that I could help and support my friend, thanks to the confidence I had gained from my recent healing.
These experiences taught me a lot about praying in tough situations and having a deeper confidence and trust in turning to God for healing.