After Big Bird, Ms Piggy also came down with a flu

While the world tries to get back on its feet after a financial car crash, it slipped and fell into the mud where the pigs dwell. Stricken by a new pandemic, the Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 or Swine Flu to the layman, the world is striked down with fears and tremors once again.

The first influenza pandemic was recorded in 1580 and since then influenza pandemics occurred every 10 to 30 years, see here. There were influenza pandemics in 1729-1730, 1732-1733, 1781-1782, 1830, 1833-1834, 1847-1848. There was an Asiatic Flu from 1889-1890 and spanish Flu in 1918-1919. Then there was a Asian Flu from 1957-1958 and HongKong Flu from 1968-1969.

Having lived through the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003 and the Avian Flu (H5N1) from 2004 to 2007, this pandemic of the swine flu or Influenza A seems way too relentless. Generations ago, it was tramatic enough to go through just one epidemic but to experience several in such a close span of time within a decade is sobering, to say the least. A case of deju vu with a bitter taste in your mouth.

If your spouse or any of your loved ones is having a flu during this period of time, even if it is a “common” one, can be rather nerve-wreaking. A small involuntary cough in the public will draw uncomfortable dirty looks. Everyone is wary of everyone. These are the times we are living in.

While the world struggle to maintain some sort of peace and stability, it would ultimately be futile. While everyone scrambles for an answer, the answer is rather simple; The signs are here and the time is near.

How then do we sustain ourselves in all these relentless chaotic times? Well, the secret is that we already have it; it is a special gift. We just have to know and use it. Instead of fearful moments, these are in fact happy times because our dear Lord Jesus Christ is coming for us soon…

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.   John 14:27-29

If you want to know who is Jesus and His finished work, see here.

  1. The world is growing dark and evil is rampan! It literally takes all I have just to get out of bed in the morning. While I await the blessed hope of Christ return, I seek to do his kingdom work. When he comes back, will he find you working? There is nothing more important in this perishing world than to finish the race that Jesus has put before you.

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