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Tim's Tidbits

  April 2022
Tim’s Tidbits
 

     What did you give up for Lent this year?  Every year I hear that question being asked as many people gave up something during Lent in remembrance that Christ gave up his life for us on the cross.

When we give up something that we especially enjoy it gives us time to concentrate and center our attention on something more important such as our relationship with Jesus.  And what can be more important than that?

As we read about Jesus’ ministry in scripture, we experience his passion for the people through his teaching and healing.  And he longed to have a lasting relationship with them.  He still longs to have a lasting relationship with us today.

I am reminded of the story “The Ant and the Grasshopper.”  A teacher shares the following story with her class.  The ant worked hard all summer and stored up food for the winter.  The grasshopper played all summer and stored up nothing.  Winter comes and the grasshopper begins to starve.  So, he hops over and asks the ant for some food.

At this point the teacher asked the students to write their own ending to the story.  Some wrote that the ant shared his food and they both lived.  Some wrote that the ant didn’t share his food and the grasshopper died.  But one little boy wrote that the ant gave all his food to the grasshopper who lived while the ant died.  He then drew a picture of three crosses with a caption “He gave everything to us so that we might live but Jesus died.”

Jesus gave up his life on the cross, died for our sins, and rose victorious from the grave, showing us just how important we are to him.  That was his destiny.  He gave his life so that we might live today, free from the guilt of sin.  And not just an earthly life, but eternal life. 

Just as the ant made preparations and planned for the winter ahead, Lent is a time for us to also prepare and plan ahead.  We work at deepening our relationship with Jesus, increasing and strengthening our faith, as we plan for eternity.  After all, our entire earthly life is a preparation for how we will spend our eternity.

And we have a helper to help us in our preparations.  We read in John 14:16 where Jesus tells us, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth…” 

As we transition from Lent to Easter and the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection it is our destiny to live as Easter people, serving a risen, living Lord.

Jesus has shown us just how important we are to him.  Let us also show him how important he is to us. 

See you Sunday if not before.

 

                                                            Pastor Tim

    

 

Amanda’s Health Tips

To get the Vaccine or not to get the Vaccine…. that is the question!

 

            No, I'm not talking about the Covid vaccine. I’m talking about the Flu vaccine. Flu season is just around the corner. It’s a running joke in many circles that somehow the Flu has disappeared. If only that were true. Last year we did see a drastic drop in Flu cases and while I can’t 100 percent say why, I would have to conclude that our society's hyper awareness of hand cleansing, mask wearing, and social distancing played a huge role in this droplet transmitted virus.

So, when does Flu season begin? The exact date of Flu season changes every year. Typically, it comes in as temperatures start to drop in the fall and consequently leaves as temperatures start to rise in the spring. So, I wanted to try and pass on some of the Centers for disease control's most current information on the Flu Vaccine. Keep in mind I shortened some of their answers but tried to keep the integrity of its information.   If you want to do your own digging you will find the following information at www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccination.

 

Who should get Vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a Flu Vaccine
but especially those who are 65 and older
If you are immune compromised
If you yourself or family members are around ages 65 and older
or immunocompromised individuals
 
Can I get the Flu even though I got a Flu vaccine? 

Yes, you can.   If you were exposed shortly after being vaccinated or if you have a certain chronic illness that weakens your immunity.   Remember it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies.

 

If I do get sick with the Flu after getting the Flu vaccine, what should I expect?                    

The short answer is hopefully a lesser severity of Flu symptoms.  This is the goal of a Viral vaccine.
 
I’ve had Covid do I need to get the Flu shot?

Yes, Covid 19 and the Flu are two different Viruses, and one vaccine does not protect you from the other.

 

I will end by saying the Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection. Complications of the Flu hospitalize many individuals each year and the hospital is not the place that I want to see anyone. Stay safe and healthy friends!!

 

In Matthew 9, the Pharisees asked Jesus why he spent time with sinners. He replied, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12)

 
To your health,

 

Amanda Borup, RN