You’re back. But this time it’s different.
You came in 1918 as the Spanish Flu, infected one-third of us and killed over 50 million of us. Then you vanished as fast as you came.
You returned in 1957 as the Asian Flu and killed two million of us. Then you were gone.
You appeared again in 2009 as H1N1 – the Swine Flu. You infected a quarter of us and 200,000 of us died – less than the deaths each year from the common flu.
And here you are again today.
Each time we call you a Pandemic.Each time we panic.Each time you kill far less of us but we panic far more.
Because you are not a pandemic of death or even disease. You are a pandemic of fear.
In 2009 that fear showed up in our media, in our stock markets, and in our, every day lives. And you’ve given us that same big fright today.
But you’ve been here enough times that this time it’s different.
This time we see you for who you really are:A global ghost of our worries, anxieties and deepest fears.
And as with any ghost, you can only grow if we feed you.And if we don’t, you disappear.
(John 10:10- “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”)
So this time,instead of fear, we choose freedom.“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1
Instead of panic, we chose peace.“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Instead of loss, we chose love.”And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – I John 4:16
Thank you for visiting.We appreciate the reminder.You can go now.
** To turn viral fright to viral fight:
1 – PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.)
2 – Wash your hands(Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
3 – Calm your mind(John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.)
4 – Pass this message on(Mark 16:15 – And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.)