Beware of “Cyber-Germ-itis”

It must have been a computer virus, Lord. I didn’t realize they were so… contagious!

Yesterday morning, I was supposed to have a teleconference with a dear Forever Sister. I had emailed her the day before with the dial-in instructions. She had emailed me back, saying she had picked up a respiratory flu “bug” and couldn’t talk.

We had rescheduled for later in the week. Not before joking about the “cyber hugs and kisses” I had already sent her… that she could return them to me without infecting me.

By yesterday afternoon, my throat started getting sore.


Just kdding, Lord! Not about my sore throat… it is definitely there. Just about its cause. I knew I shouldn’t hug my friend, the priest, at that dinner function Saturday night at the Catholic Church. Especially not after he told me he had a “bug.”

Sometimes I just can’t help myself. But then, I don’t have to… help myself, that is.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  (Psalm 121:1-2)

But it got me thinking. There are plenty of “cyber-germs” being spread around these days… aren’t there, Lord? Germs that reflect a soul-sickness that is all-too-contagious. A soul-sickness that gives everyone heartburn… and heartache.

Even the ones who spread those germs. In social media posts full of bitterness, anger… and worse.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Maybe it’s the flip side of the Internet’s blessing. On the “win” side, we have instant access to such much information. On the “lose” side, we have instant access to so much information.

And some of it makes us sick.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)

Maybe that’s why this sorenes has camped out in my throat today. So I can be reminded — and remind others — to Speak Life instead of… cyber-germ-itis.

At least, when I can talk again.   🙂   Until then, I’m going to take Your wise Rx to heart, Lord.

“Be still… and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Welcoming Your healing touch,

Abba’s Girl

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