The Coronavirus,the Bible, and I

Quick story…

I was about 18 years old the first time it happened. I was not a religious/ spiritual person @ this point in my life.  I was living my version of La Vita Loca. work crew 1977

Anyway, one evening, I was just  randomly thumbing through the good book, and a sentence  jumped off the page:

     “ Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
    when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”  Proverbs 17:28

Bam/ right along side the head.

My mouth had been getting me into trouble fairly regularly at that point. and I was tired of it.  I resolved right then and there, to take this pithy proverb to heart.  I would keep quiet the next time I was temped to spout off.

Ever so slowly my interactions with people began to improve.

Side note… On this blog, I assume most of you  do not necessarily share my understanding of the Bible, spirituality, etc.  although a few of you do.  I rarely go there on this space.  I have another blog specifically devoted to spiritual stuff, just like I have a “farm blog” more geared to farmish stuff….but I woke up this morning thinking,  I would really like to write something that touches on  the   the coronavirus, the Bible  and our current situation, so I am going to go there….

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The bible has quite a bit to say about the  coronavirus actually , but not in the way you might expect.  For example, right now these words have taken on a whole new meaning to me the past month:

For the righteous  (righteous = a person of faith)  will never be moved: ….
He is not afraid of evil tidings;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady, he will not be afraid.”  Psalm 112

I have those words on a 3 by 5 index card on the dashboard of my pickup.  I’ve been chewing on them the past few weeks.  Evil tidings is a great way to characterize most of what passes for “news” these days.

Not going to let it suck me in if I can help.

(side note:  In case you didn’t know, the Psalms are actually a  compilation of various styles of writings… part song book, part personal journal,  personal prayers, etc.  (think blogger from 3500 years ago).

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One last verse on the media..

 “…. whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 

I (DM) learned my lesson after 9/11.  I continue to watch my media intake.  No binge watching.  I have no interest in keeping up to speed on the day to day updates.

PS.  I appreciate each and every one of you that has written and continues to write  about what has been happening in your neck of the woods  in terms of the coronavirus.

Would much rather read your stories.

Take care. DM

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13 thoughts on “The Coronavirus,the Bible, and I

  1. Love those quotes…talk about inspiration. Clearly I should consider being quiet…..😆 I look at the headlines from the times, the journal and I glance at the little free manhattan paper. I have an idea of what’s going on, but I refuse to be sucked into news entertainment. However, I do think about things very deeply, and I write about them and I try to factor in all perspectives. I make connections sometimes and that’s a little scary. I wrote a post last week and when I was telling one of my friends about the reactions I got, he said it changed his way of thinking in broad strokes. I know this really has nothing to do with what yo7 wrote, but it made me think about that! Sorry I took over….still learning how to be quiet….😆

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    • Not having it. (you being quiet) You are a person with a lot of practical wisdom and insight. Sees things a lot deeper than I. And you do a good job of keeping the tone of the interactions respectful on your blog. (as an aside, I appreciated what you said last week, after I’d left a comment and another one of your readers got a little ticked @ me..you may have noticed I kept my lip zipped and didn’t say anything more. Thought you said it perfectly)

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      • I want people to actually think about these things…like I don’t know if people got that I wasn’t for not covering things in insurance, but stating that this really could happen and it’s better to be prepared

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  2. I started my Today Is………… posts piggybacking on someone’s What Day Is It Anyway idea. That seems to have folded, but my posts seem quite well received even though it is only our usual day to day living and observations. We converse with other people, but tend to keep our opinions to ourselves, especially if they differ!!! Keep safe Doug.

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    • Agree 100%. Which is why when I see people getting into it with each other on line, I just scratch my head. Never changes the other’s perspective and the nasty words can’t but leave some kind of lingering negativity. I was reading something last night that made me think of you..will have to try and remember what it was and send it to you

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  3. Today’s world is a mess of censorship, don’t offend, keep quiet, understand the sensitivities of others, accept the unacceptable, and know thy place. That and the thought police.

    BUT, to not speak is to wrong yourself and others, as there is a good chance they are too scared to express themselves. Until someone else does.

    Silence lets the weird, powerful, and idiots (mainly politicians), make assumptions about your feelings and thoughts. Thus the rubbish they spout can become the new norm.
    And all because of silence.

    For me I say it as I see it. Always have, always will.
    Usually without forethought and often nowhere near politically, religiously, or multicultural correctness. Do I offend? Sometimes. Do others agree? Sometimes.

    However, a few will wait till they are alone with me before speaking lest they get damned by others.

    Such is the fear they have over (un)free speech.

    A question….. Have you ever been in a situation where others will use politically, religiously, or multicultural correctness to win an argument and force their will upon you?

    Did you protest or quietly acquiesce to their will? Knowing it was wrong.

    The bible for me was all about truths.
    IMHO Not speaking to right a wrong is not following the doctrine of Truth.
    There again, what do I know 🙂

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