"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" - strong words from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but they don't quite apply to Ebola. Thousands of people have died from the disease. However - fear causes us to panic and often believe things that aren't true. The best way to combat fear is to know the facts. So we want to share the facts, as we have them today, about Ebola.
First - as far as medical personnel can tell, Ebola is not an airborne disease. Persons who have contracted the disease have had contact with somone who had the disease. The virus is transmitted through
direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids (feces, semen, saliva, urine) of someone who has the Ebola virus
contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated by the blood or bodily fluids of someone who has the Ebola virus
Today I visited Restoration Praise Center. Yes, yes - this is not cause for disfellowship; just keep reading. :-) The RPC men were away on retreat, and Pastor Dean Waterman from CPC was the guest speaker. The title of his sermon was "The Great(er) Disappointment" - I stole my blog title directly from him - and he spoke about the Great Disappointment of 1844. He went all the way back to William Miller and Hiram Edson! (If you don't know who those people are, it's time for you to spin up on Adventist history; Google can help you.)
I hadn't thought about the Great Disappointment in...well, maybe not since we studied it when I was in Pathfinders. As Pastor Waterman talked, I began to think about it kind of seriously. What must it have been like to wake up on October 23, 1844, and still be on earth - in your same house - when you'd been telling everyone for the past week, past month, maybe even the past year that Jesus was coming on October 22? Some of those people had sold property. They'd shut down their businesses and let crops go to ruin. They'd probably alienated family and friends by their insistence that said family and friends needed to repent or they'd be in hell on October 23. And then Jesus didn't come. How crushing was that????
"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."
This greatness thing can be a little confusing. If Oprah knew she was destined for greatness, does that mean she was born great? Her humble beginnings would lead one to think not. How about those who have greatness thrust upon them? What exactly does that mean? Does it mean they didn't really do anything to deserve greatness, other than, perhaps, be born with a famous last name?
“I am burdened, heavily burdened, for the work among the colored people…For many years I have borne a heavy burden in behalf of the Negro race. My heart has ached as I have seen the feeling against this race growing stronger and still stronger, and as I have seen that many Seventh-day Adventists are apparently unable to understand the necessity for an earnest work being done quickly. Years are passing into eternity with apparently little done to help those who were recently a race of slaves."
Ellen G. White, Testimonies of the Church, “Proclaiming the Truth Where There is Race Antagonism.”vol.9 pp. 204.2
On September 22, 1862, the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation releasing African Americans from the chains of slavery and granting them nominal freedom. Almost eight months later on May 21, 1863, the Christian denomination known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized with its chief spokeswoman and co-founder being Ellen G. White.