The other day I tweeted an article I read of a much quicker healing than expected by the doctor and friends of someone with hepatitis. It reminded me to continue to fill up my bucket list.
This story is about protection from hepatitis B. Many years ago Hepatitis B was only associated with drug addicts, needle sharing and transference of blood and bodily fluids …
Thus the story begins in the summer, of once upon a time, a long long time ago in a different lifetime.
A young girl fell in love with a man of her dreams. It wasn’t the first time she had fallen in love with a man of her dreams and little did she know that it would not be the last. At the time it seemed perfect. The world was her oyster and the wedding plans were falling into place very smoothly. Everything was going according to plan. She looked forward to a ‘happy ever after’ story.
Alas it was not to be, for her Knight in shining armor, caused by the tint of the glasses she wore had turned yellow a week before their wedding. She saw her knight differently – no longer the knight in shining armor but a stranger who had very strange yellow looking skin and green eyes… oh my goodness she thought – perhaps he is really an alien! After the doctor’s diagnosis it was revealed that he wasn’t an alien but had hepatitis. Not a good look and the little lady wondered what the heck she was to do for her beloved had hepatitis and secondly he had not been totally honest with her. Was this the way to start a happy ever after story? Hmm she pondered, what was she to do!
What would you do?
Well she thought about it and thought about it and thought about it. She sought human advice, which was invested with self-interest, by a friend who happened to be the wife of the best man and best friend of the knight. Oh dear she thought – if I truly do love him and plan to be with him for the rest of my life it shouldn’t make any difference – that was the defense! Her knight promised it was a one time thing and a huge mistake that he had learnt from and of course that he was sorry – so so sorry.
Her other consideration was that of their baby. That he should grow up with a father and a mother, every child has a God-given right to this. How could she make a conscious choice for a child to grow up without his father? It was out of the question having only recently losing her father to a road traffic accident she reflected on what a wonderful influence he had been in her life – even if she did not always listen. In any case she had only recently declined an offer for her hand in marriage to another admirer on the basis that children should grow up with both parents. So the young lady put on a brave face and affirmed her love for her knight in addition to that she must do her highest sense of perceived right – marry the man and that she did, dark sunglasses and all.
Seasons come and seasons go and the young lady decides it is time to return to work, after-all she needs money to pay the rent and buy food because her husband is always spending what he earns on an alternative lifestyle! Completing the enrollment forms she finds she has to go to the doctor to confirm her and her son do not have hepatitis or any infectious diseases. The doctor informs her that after 3 years of being married to her husband and being intimate whilst he was contagious – the odds were not good considering the circumstances and not to get her hopes up. He went so far as to advise her that if she ate healthy and looked after herself and her liver, it might only cut 10 years off her life-span.
The young mother went home and shuffled through her old books – ah she finally found what she was looking for. An old book – a copy of Science and Health that her father had treasured. She started reading the first chapter on prayer. “Oh God, Father, forgive me, for I am an idiot!” No no no she corrected herself for that’s not what the chapter said. She practiced praying something along these lines: “My heavenly Father Mother, I’m not an idiot – I’m your child, a child of God, made in your image and likeness. No harm can come to me or my children for doing my highest sense of right. I can only do and be good. I cannot be infected for I am pure, innocent, perfect, healthy and free and we need to be not have this so I can go to work and my son can go to childcare. God I know you love us and protect us keeping us safe from all harm.” She recalled the record of Daniel in the Lions Den that she use to love as a child – proving that God is always keeping us safe. She prayed and prayed to know that the results could only be positive – that is a negative result.
Finally the results from the blood tests came back and the doctor called the young mother to come back to his office. He just shook his head and said to her “you are just so lucky, you and your son are clear but if you stay with him you can be sure…”
From a materialist perspective, what a relief for the young mother. What did she learn? – that God is always protecting us, guarding and guiding us and keeping us safe, “just as he did Noah”. And why can we trust in his care and his love – his grace, his mercy, his endurance – “because the bible tells us so” and because when we start to put our trust in him, we start to see his work all around us.
So did this young mother have hepatitis? Absolutely not. She did not have it at anytime – even the medical doctor confirmed she never had it. God never knew of it so how could she know of it? How could she know of something that God does not know? “Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit” and “truth removes properly whatever is offensive.” She couldn’t know of it and she didn’t, she stood as best she could at the door of thought. She didn’t listen to fear. Instead she prayed to be closer to God and to know that God already has her in her right place – without beginning and end, without mortality and that “Perfect Love casts out fear”. Perhaps that was just one of many turning points in her life. That my friend is what I call protection. “Emerge gently from matter to Spirit” .
“Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth. Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.”
“Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bondage to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive sufferings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition. I would not transform the infant at once into a man, nor would I keep the suckling a lifelong babe. Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty.”
S & H page 371, 485 and others