Contagious Contagions

They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In Chile, where one of my sister-in-laws was born and reared, they’ve started issuing certificates to those who have survived COVID on the assumption that these people are now healthy and should be free from vulnerability to COVID contagion as well as no longer being contagious themselves. This is—as you might suspect—somewhat controversial, since the disease is so new that there aren’t any peer-reviewed studies proving this theory, although it’s pretty widely accepted as mostly true concerning many viral illnesses.

The whole issue of contagions and being contagious made me consider what I would like to be able to pass along to others. Actually, we are all “carriers” of certain contagions, right? I saw a YouTube of a Belgian man who (as an advertising gimmick for Coca-cola) started laughing on a train. It was like magic! After some initial facials expressing questioning curiosity, soon everybody was laughing or smiling. I couldn’t watch it without laughing myself! Laughter really is contagious, isn’t it?! (If you’ve got an extra 1:28 seconds, here it is: )

And so, as an exercise in aspiration, I made a list of some of the things I would love to be a infected with and pass along to others:

Keukenhof Flower Gardens in the Netherlands

*Peace like a river
*Joy like a fountain
*Love like an ocean
*Faith like a child
*Hope like a mountain
*Patience like a golden ring
*Radiance like an angel
*Cheerfulness like a song bird
*Wisdom like a sage . . . like Solomon
*Meekness like Moses
*Righteousness like Daniel
*Zeal like Paul
*Goodness and Holiness like Jesus, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). In Jesus, all the virtues of God were displayed in human form! I want to be like Jesus!

(I did not take the amazing photo of Keukenhof Flower Gardens and do not know who did, as I received it as a forward, but isn’t it fabulous? If you are the photographer, please let me know your name so I can credit you, or let me know if you don’t want to give me permission and I’ll take it down. Thank you! Same for the photos of the dogs, which were from FB.)

NaPoWriMo and Our God

April is National Poetry Writing Month, and although I’m not nearly creative enough to write a poem every day (which is the challenge), I do write a few. However, let me begin by sharing one written by a girl friend!    

Yvonne Albright, a friend and fellow writer, wrote this poignant poem:

Our God

God is way up in the heavens.
Imagine not falling through the galaxies.
God is in believing hearts,
Not little pieces of Him, but with His fullness.*

When we are lost, He finds us.
He rejoices over us.**
When we are hurting he comforts us.
When we are sad, He gives hope.

We cannot touch Him,
But we can reach Him.
Our prayers are answered,
Our thoughts are drawn to Him.

When we listen to Him, He listens.
When we obey Him, He blesses.
When we serve Him, He rewards.
When we worship Him, He is pleased.
(—Copyright: Yvonne Albright, January 8, 2019)

*Colossians 2:9, For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

**Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”

P.S.—If you have any uplifting poems you’d like to share on Summer Setting this month, please email me with your poem, your full name, the date it was written, and any photos you’d like to share with us (including one of yourself). Thanks!  Here’s my email:  kathrynwarmstrong@gmail.com