Recently, I began to recount blessings that have come out of the pandemic. They are many!
One of the greatest blessings has been an opportunity to understand Christian Science better than ever. To understand how I am spiritually protected from a virus, how to neutralize and prevent infection through prayer, and how to stay healthy by demonstrating a right state of Mind. I feel much stronger in Truth today than a year ago.
I’m grateful that I have not felt isolated during the pandemic. Yes, my family stayed home more, and circulated in the public much less for several months, but our life-activity did not decrease by any means. If anything, it went up. We found many ways to stay engaged, in close contact, and supportive of each other. Individually, my practice has been more active than ever, and continues to be. Opportunities to talk with others, share healing ideas, remove fears, and comfort thought abound day after day. We have been far from isolated. We have been lively engaged! There are so many ways to demonstrate community, closeness, and togetherness, that isolation is not a requirement. Thought is always free to go anywhere. It cannot be held down, locked up, or confined.
The pandemic is an awful event from a worldly point of view, but from a spiritual point of view, it is a call on everyone’s spiritual practice to prove the unreality of evil. It is an opportunity to demonstrate that good triumphs over evil, that good has the upper hand and the final say. It’s a lesson that no matter how bad things look outwardly, they can be mastered inwardly, with Spirit. We do not have to cower or bow before evil. We have spiritual means to conquer it and prove the reality of God’s omnipresent goodness.
When I first read years ago Mary Baker Eddy’s words, “Trials are proofs of God’s care” (Science and Health, p. 66), I did not understand them, for I did not see how a trial could prove God’s care. One day, a respected peer said, “Trials are proofs of God’s care, because they send us to God, and there we find His care.” Aha! That made sense, and that’s what the pandemic has inspired me to do. It has forced me to go to God more than ever, and find His care. I’m grateful for all the blessings.