What is Contagion?

There is a lot of fear in our world today because of the threat of the coronavirus. People are doing things they would not normally do. Yes, take care, and don’t expose yourself unnecessarily. Although all the fear in the world will not change what is happening, it only makes it worse, so relax. I trust God, but many people don’t understand about God’s protection. Because of that, I do the things that are recommended to protect my body, so as not to make my loved ones fear I might infect them.

I know if I am wise in my decisions in the following months, I will be fine, so will you. Don’t worry and fret over what is going on. Live your lives as normally as possible. This world has gotten through much worse in years gone by, and we will survive this. This is not a time to forget about God, but a time to embrace Him. I know if I am consumed with fear, that means I am not trusting God.

Following is an article written by Mary Baker Eddy on Contagion (from Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, pp. 228-229), which is still relevant today.

 CONTAGION

Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.

People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man’s.

If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success, and the clergyman’s conversion of sinners. And if only the pulpit would encourage faith in God in this direction, and faith in Mind over all other influences governing the receptivity of the body, theology would teach man as David taught: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived. A calm, Christian state of mind is a better preventive of contagion than a drug, or than any other possible sanative method; and the “perfect Love” that “casteth out fear” is a sure defense.

(Mis. 228:20–28 (np))

I find this article very thoughtful and inspiring, and I hope others will find relief from their fears after reading it.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:8)

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5) This quote tells me to trust God’s point of view, I am spiritual, and not my mortal point of view, it is flawed.

Have no fear, and we will survive!

My love and prayers go out to the whole world during this time of need.

Michele

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