Friday, 7 August 2009
Swine Flu has a face!
If you want to cause panic, just mention the words 'Swine' and 'Flu', in the same breath and you will have people running in fear. A few months ago the H1N1 virus was just something that affected people in South America and most of us felt 'safe' in South Africa (this is also how we reacted with HIV/AIDS - it was always something that affected people we had never met, until HIV impacted people we knew by name).
Now people we personally know, have Swine Flu and so it impacts upon us in a different way. Our levels of compassion have suddenly increased and we are trying to be more vigilant on every level. As I dropped off my kids at school this morning I noticed new posters on the doors instructing parents what to look out for if our kids get sick. H1N1 impacts our safe world!
Here is the thing for me - Flu has been around for hundreds of years, but now that a new strain has appeared we are taking greater precautions. We are on the look out for symptoms of H1N1. Wouldn't it be interesting if the world treated SIN in the same way? Sin has been around since Genesis 3, but we have become so used to it, that it fails to shock us anymore. There will be no new strains of Sin, but millions of people will die from it every year. What are we doing about it? Are we interested in telling people about the 'perfect cure' for the 'Sin disease?'
Luke 5:31 - "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Isaiah 53:5 - "By his wounds we are healed."
Saved by Grace,
Prayer for today:
Lord we pray for the many people struggling with Swine Flu. May they know your strength, healing and peace. Comfort families that have recently lost loved through illness. Amen.