28 thoughts on “I seem to be over the stomach flu

  1. Remember the blessings of trusting God, as described in Psalm 91:5-8 (in this case, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

    You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

    Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

    A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

    Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

    1. You have 11,000 followers.
      A thousand may fall at your side,
      You have 10,000 followers.
      and ten thousand at your right hand,
      You have 0 followers.
      Do you wish to republish your website?

      (Man, Psalms 91:5-8 is damn tough on your friends.)

      1. I think the psalmist was talking about “Even if you and your friends are in a super-dangerous situation where everyone is bound to get killed, God can spare some person miraculously.” And if all your friends are devout Israelites, they’ll be safe with God even if temporarily dead.

        Or spiritually, “Even if everybody else falls to evil ideas and jumps on board, if you stick to God, you won’t fall for all this crap.”

        It’s kind of an interesting psalm, because it’s individualistic in a way that was usually associated in Middle Eastern literature with kings (and yes, David was a king, and Jesus was a king when He associated it with Himself), or with normal person protective prayers or curses that were indistinguishable from spells. But from ancient times, it was an individually-used Jewish and Christian prayer as well.

        For an individual shlub to have the same blessing psalm as a king — that’s unusual in world religious literature; and it’s one of the ways that the Bible, and the way that it was used through the ages, is just very different from what one would expect.

        1. I think you understand it. “Even if everybody else falls to evil ideas and jumps on board, if you stick to God, you won’t fall for all this crap.”

          With all the lies about the world ending–and for some of us it might end today–it’s important to have an fixed, external point of reference.

          That way, even if we get cancer, plague, freckles, or dandruff, we just praise God and keep on trusting him.

          Daniel 3:16-18, same version as above, states:

          Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

          Thus, having eaten dirt as a kid, survived worse mistakes and cancer (twice) as an adult, I simply say “Trust God.” ‘Cuz I know it ain’t my strength fightin’ all this stuff…

  2. The cough-crud went through late last month. I dread the return of the Stomach Bug. I’ve been spared thus far, but Murphy has a way of striking at awkward moments.

    1. Growing up it was the “Holiday Crud” (VS Con Crud), every year for almost 2 decades (until the youngest hit HS. Started over as our kids hit school age.

      Christmas, someone, without fail, had the flu that hit Christmas sometime during that day.

  3. I’m just a lurker, but I’ve been worrying about you so much that I feel pushed to post something. Hope you are better soon.

    1. Not if you break the melody line with an extra syllable, it won’t. 😛

      ‘Somewhere, over the nasty
      Stomach flu…’

      Moo, indeed.

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