The humbling disease

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How long, Lord God, how long? That was the lament of a high priest in the old ages when sufferings and death were imposed by the Lord on a sinful people. Now the plea is coming from our own generation because of this penalty that our people are suffering, not only in one town, province or country, but worldwide. Why is it that, although the symptoms are so simple, the toll is so great?

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All throughout the ages, the discoveries of mankind were things, processes, ideas that were beneficial to the inhabitants of this earth. Man discovered how to take advantage of what grew or what he could improve or use in what was on earth. But this deadly virus that surfaced in a Chinese city, somehow managed to spread its venom all over the world in no time, sweeping through towns, cities and countries, puzzling the brightest of medical minds and, relentlessly finding its way to distant areas in ways man himself could not have devised.

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Is this because man has forgotten to give his Creator His due? But only those who still believe the story of creation must accept that. I don’t want to be preachy, especially these days, but I do believe we will eventually find our salvation through prayer and submission to God’s will. In the meantime, try to keep track of how this novel virus has been moving so swiftly around the world. And then try to discern what could be the signs the Lord is waiting for from us that could appease Him.

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These thoughts came to me after waking up from a brief rest to recoup my energies after a night spent tossing and turning over mundane problems. Laugh if you will, but for me, this is a very serious thought that I will certainly ponder on, and seek guidance on how to respond. I think most creatures, like us human beings, have been taking our existence for granted and using what talents and gifts have been granted us to acquire material possessions and international popularity and fame.

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All right, let’s turn to worldly concerns, like what is happening in the sports world, where some of the most talented and popular athletes are now turning to prayer, as demonstrated in the latest opening of the NBA – National Basketball Association of the United States – where the players knelt down in prayer at the latest opening season! Did you ever see such a humbling sight? Those big, hardy and popular men with thousands of fans, not only in their country, but worldwide, apparently are now realizing who is the source of their abilities and their strength.

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How can we avoid mentioning the current plague that has hit mankind? Today, even the young children know that there is such a scourge that has been given the name of COVID-19, that apparently was formed from the words “coronavirus” disease, its sources, and its classification, with 19 from the year it appeared, which was 2019. That year has gone by but the virus it brought is still very active. And so far, nobody has yet claimed having discovered the magic vaccine to stop it in its tracks.

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Would you believe, the latest report from the international news services say that the Philippines is believed to have a higher number of infections now than China? What secret cure and antidote for it has that country discovered that has resulted in that? And when is it sharing it with the rest of mankind? What other country has succeeded in finding an antidote for it? The latest report I got was that the United States already has identified about 4.5 million cases with some 150,000 fatalities! I think there could be countries with more, but they probably do not have such efficient reporters as those that the CNN has.

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In the meantime, let us all continue to be faithful to the directions for everyone to wear face masks all the time, especially when out of one’s home. Worldwide, it has already been proven that that tiny piece of protection is the most successful preventive against this virus. Countries that have ignored that simple piece, have found to their sorrow that it does work! Don’t take its efficiency lightly – that little piece of cover could keep you from an early demise, as some countries have found out, to their dismay! By doing so, the life you save may not only be your own.*

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