Our best defense against the flu
Based on recent reports, you’d have to assume that no one will be spared. Even people who have gotten this year’s flu vaccine are being felled by the virus.
But there is something we can do to stop this onslaught in its tracks. Prayer is a powerful antidote to disease, no matter what form it takes, and no matter how widely it’s publicized. I know because I’ve seen it work in my own life. And the God I know as Love—the same Love that has healed me—cares for, protects, and makes all of His children whole. No one is left out.
So where to begin?
My prayers about this year’s flu epidemic took me back to an experience in which the onslaught of pain seemed unstoppable. I prayed—diligently, persistently—with the section from the biblical book of Ephesians, which talks about the whole armor of God.
“Put on the whole armour of God,” it says, “that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
“Stand therefore,” it continues, “having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” 1
Well, that’s certainly what the pain felt like: a bunch of arrows raining down on me. I kept having this vision of myself with my shield of faith—protected, sort of, but still under attack.
But as I prayed, a change came over my thoughts. I realized that I’d been thinking about this passage all wrong. I wasn’t some vulnerable mortal, with a few spiritual truths to wield against this onslaught. In fact, putting on the whole armor of God meant recognizing myself as God had made me—as a spiritual idea, completely shielded from any attack. I simply didn’t dwell in the same space as pain, accident, or disease. I lived and had my being in one place only—that “secret place of the most high” that the Psalmist talked about. 2
That was the turning point. Instead of seeing myself as vulnerable and a potential victim, I began thanking God for having the wisdom and love to create me in His, in Her, likeness—immune, safe, whole, joyful, free. The pain vanished. I was free.
I found these same ideas so helpful in considering my loved ones, my neighbors, and anyone the news reports would claim could fall victim to the flu. We each have that armor of God—the life-saving understanding of our identity as spiritual and intact. And we can’t be made to feel vulnerable, or fearful of an impending attack. The whole armor of God is an everlasting covenant with our Father-Mother, who created us as immortal ideas, and maintains us that way—always.
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Topics: Health | Tags: cold, epidemic, flu, flu season, flu shot, influenza