Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ebola is one

My Personal Ebola
(by R.P.Edwards)

Ebola kills!
And fear ensues!
The painful death
That none would choose
The world recoils
In Panic!
My friend
Are someway

"Do you see the symptoms? They're everywhere." One of the--bordering on macabre--statements from the middle-aged parent to his beginning teen as they slowly drove through the store parking lot, taking note of the "conditions" of the patrons. "Just yesterday they were young, vibrant; in their own mind and actions...invincible, immortal. But now, what will do them in...is shown on the skin. But do they see it? Do they recognize it?"

Okay, it's not a direct quote, but the parent is moi and the beginning teen (as in "13") is my son and, it's just something in me (in most fathers I presume) to drop a pearl or two when a youngster is away from the all-consuming gizmos of our time (and this lad has NO smartphone [yet]). And, as my Christian faith is more than a fancy, there's a tie-in. "Sin is the disease; and death is inevitable. However, the cure...is Christ." 

I suppose what caught my ear as to the "Ebola outbreak" was the mention of the two Americans afflicted as they extended the hand of the Savior. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol; Christian missionaries, putting action to their words. And, being a huge fan of the Franklins (Billy and son, Franklin) the mention of the compassionate charity, Samaritans Purse; also added weight.

And so, Ebola is in the news. Bad stuff. A merciless virus. But...death is no respecter, and I suspect most will exit this life another way. The question is...are "we" giving thought to the cure that extends...beyond the grave?

 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, 
but after this the judgment:
(Hebrews 9:27)


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