Over the last few days we have seen and heard the message that Swine Flu is spreading around the world. Words and pictures like pandemic, deaths in Mexico , and school closings have caused fear to grip many peoples hearts. As Christ-followers, what does this all mean to us? First, we should use wisdom and follow the instructions that we are being given at this time.
*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
*Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
*Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Today I was reading an email that Dr. Mike Smalley sent to me. The following are some suggestions from him for this time.
*This is a God given opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of peace in an environment of growing fear and panic.
*An opportunity to take communion regularly with your family as a reminder Jesus' body was broken for your health and healing.
*An opportunity to seek the Holy Spirit for financial wisdom to protect you from possible economic downturns.
*An opportunity to walk in the divine protection promised to those who tithe and plant Seed into the work of God. ". . . and I will rebuke the devourer for your sake." (Mal 3:10)