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Healthy holiday travel

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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As the holiday season approaches, thousands of people will be traveling to spend precious time with family and friends. If you're traveling for the holiday, here's a tip: you don't have to be sick.

When so many people travel in crowded conditions, the fear that they'll catch cold from one another can be great. But prayer is a sure antidote for any suggestion that sickness is necessary. The prayer I'm referring to is the kind taught by Christ Jesus, who put God first and took his direction from "Our Father," as he put it in the first line of the Lord's Prayer.

Mary Baker Eddy was a follower of Jesus' teachings and example, and she discovered that these were actually the core of what she named Christian Science. This Science works from the premise that man – male and female – is spiritual and continuously under God's care. Another premise of this Science is that God is good and does only good. God never made disease. Those basic facts have helped many people who rely on prayer for their health either prevent disease or quickly recover from it – no matter where they happened to be.

A good example of how such prayer works is given in the Bible. Jesus and some of his disciples found out that a woman whom they knew was sick with a fever. According to Mark's Gospel, Jesus simply took her by the hand and lifted her up. The fever left her at once (see Mark 1:30, 31).

Mary Baker Eddy explained the basis of Jesus' healings in her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by making the point that man is spiritual, not material. Colds, flu, and other contagious diseases are believed to spread through germs and microbes that invade human bodies and make them sick. So if we are thinking of ourselves as material beings, we could be vulnerable to those illnesses.


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