Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Flu Is Not Inevitable

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Flu Is Not Inevitable

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The top story of every news report I had seen for weeks was The Flu. (There, it just happened again, flu is at the top of this report!) Not only was it at the top of every news report, it was the subject of almost every commercial. It was the topic of conversation.

Its now late January, so its not so unusual for the flu to be in the news. But this time it seemed to me to be a little different. This time there seemed to be an intensity that I hadnt seen before, more of a suggestion of inevitability that everyone would get it.

Inevitable is a word that means impossible to avoid or prevent. However, I questioned this inevitability. As a student of Christian Science Ive learned that things are not always as they seem, disease being one of those things. Ive learned to look for the source of something to understand its nature. What is the source of the flu? Is it germs invading a material body? Does this explanation have its source in God, the creator of all things? The Bible tells us, God is love (I John 4:16). I couldnt reconcile the thought of a loving God subjecting His creation to disease. I had a choice. I could be fearful about the inevitability of catching the flu, or I could trust that God was loving and caring for me. Could I trust God?

I had a chance to find out a few days later. I had a restless night. I awoke with all the symptoms the media defined as relating to flu. I tried my best to proceed with my day. However, in the afternoon I returned to bed. I couldnt get comfortable enough to fall asleep, so I decided to turn my thought away from my misery and concentrate on something else. Immediately the thought came to me to think good as in divine good, or Godlike thoughts. So I thought about what God would be thinking about me, how He loved me and how He could never see me as being anything other than the way He made me, pure and perfect. …

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