A new article I wrote about the H1N1 Swine Flu virus posted on the Internet health website Health Mad. I hope you like it and get something from it.
I am about one week into having the flu now. Thankfully the symptoms are beginning to ease up a bit now. The aches and dizziness have lessened, as have the sniffles. The headache is almost gone now, too. Unfortunately, the cough is still here, but tempered by the cough syrup my doctor prescribed. And the chills from the fever are still holding onto me. The chill/sweat cycle is the worst, for me, at this point I think. Overall, it has been a fairly miserable week I must admit. My doctor says that I need to be cough and fever free, without taking any medication, for at least 24 hours before I can go out. Thursday will be the first possible day for that. I am cautiously optimistic that I’ll meet those criteria by then.
I can’t believe the hype generated by the H1N1 virus. I was recently informed about a speaker in our area that is telling folks that the swine flu is part of prophetic fulfillment of Revelation. I believe this type of thing is pure scare-mongering and is leading to more worry and anxiety than is due. I can’t help but wonder if ‘speaker’ such as this are only promoting an agenda: Their wallet.
I wrote an article about H1N1 that I think addresses some of the hype and also some real facts about it and how to minimize the spread of the virus. It can be read online at: http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/swine-flu-pandemic-or-panic-demic/.
It appalls me that our churches are being used as a forum to spread fear. And it saddens me that folks unwittingly are being taken in by these kinds of people. I implore you, when you hear a teaching, search the Scriptures for yourself and see if it lines up with God’s Word or if it is being distorted into another message.
A pretty comprehensive article on the influenza pandemic of the H1N1 virus. The author contends that over hyped accounts are leading to panic, not solutions and offers good advice and solutions, as well as rational insight, on the situation and virus. A must read!
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I am about three days into my flu experience now. I am still going from chilling to burning up, chilling right now. Yesterday the high here was a bit over 80 if I remember right. I wore sweat pants and a long sleeved thermal shirt with an undershirt all day. I removed the thermal a bit ago but think it’s getting ready to go back on.
Tomorrow we have company coming in from Pittsburgh. It is an outing that we’ve been planning for at least a month. I am not going to be able to attend and am pretty disappointed about it. Of course, I wouldn’t want to be so selfish as to risk contaminating anyone, thus me staying home and away from the gathering, but I really wish I could go.
Back to the flu, I am fairly miserable. I don’t know that the actual symptoms are any worse than a regular flu; anytime you are sick it isn’t fun. But this, for some reason, it affecting how my regular medications work. I have nerve damage in my legs and take medication for neuropathic pains (similar to diabetic neuropathy) that I have in them. Normally the meds pretty well keep the pains in check, with the occasional “break through”. For what ever reason, this flu seems to be blocking out the meds and making them ineffective. The result is not only the rottenness of being sick but also having these sharp pains throughout my legs. They are also hypersensitive, too, a problem I’ve not had in many years.
A classic from the Prince of Preachers:
The Reason for Singing
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah, and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.
We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” He is always saving: He takes His name of Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.
Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song. Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our life-psalm. – C.H. Spurgeon