The Apostle Paul and Law

Apostle Paul and Law

Letters from the Apostle Paul make up a large part of the New Testament. The following epistles/letters are generally attributed to him, although some doubt his authorship of the book of Hebrews.

Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews.

https://www.gotquestions.org/how-many-books-did-Paul-write.html

On the subject of ‘law’ and ‘the Law,’ Paul’s writings sometimes seem contradictory. The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee before his conversion, so he should understand what he was writing and teaching. They had a whole ‘slew’ of laws that they kept.

(I included some of the laws of Judaism in the free series members of my VIP Readers’ Group received.  E.G.

Sample of the Code of Jewish Law

Apostle Paul and Law

The Code of Jewish Law is made up of four volumes and 221 Chapters which attempt to govern every aspect of the life of a Jew.

Chapter 3 deals with Dressing and Deportment.

“It is written (Micah 6: 8) “And to walk humbly with thy God.” Therefore it is the duty of every man to be modest in all his ways. When putting on or removing his shirt or other undergarment, he should be careful not to expose is body unduly. He should put it on or remove it while still lying covered in bed. He should never say to himself: “Lo, I am all alone in my inner chamber and in the dark, who can see me?” For the glory of the Holy One, blessed be He, fills the universe, and darkness and light are alike to Him, blessed be His name; and modesty and a sense of shame indicate humility before Him, blessed be His name.”

Chapter 4 deals with not thinking ‘holy thoughts’ in the lavatory.

Chapter 5 deals with the Cleanliness of Places Used for Holy Purposes.

There are many entries about not praying where there is excrement or urine… or bad odors

Was the Apostle Paul schizophrenic?

It can seem that way. Most of the teaching I received in church, or at Bible College held to the view that Paul said Christians did not have to keep the law.

Why then does he say…?

I do confess to you, however, that I worship the God of our fathers according to the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,
Acts 24: 14.  Berean Study Bible

It was important to me to know because my readers deserve an accurate background to the Apostle John Series of books. Then I read something written by a minister which said the definite article was not in the Greek translations of the Bible.

So, wanting accuracy in my books, I checked.

The Apostle Paul knew what he was talking about

With the understanding of Paul’s background, could it be that he sometimes refers to the Pharisaic law (which became Judaism), and the Law of God other times? He had been brought up in the strictest sect, Phariaism, as he said himself. In order to ‘protect’ the people from breaking the law and going back into   captivity these laws were added. In fact, the opposite happened, the Law of God was stifled by these laws.  

This is what Jesus meant in Mark 7: 8 when He said,
Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

So who was wrong, the Apostle Paul or the translators?

Choosing to be kind, perhaps the translators did not understand the two ‘law’ references that the Apostle Paul understood.

Romans 2: 15 is the only scripture about ‘the’ work and ‘the’ law that is accurately translated from the Greek. The definite articles are present.

https://biblehub.com/interlinear/romans/2.htm

It is an interesting study into the writings of Paul to go through them in a reputable Greek/English Interlinear.

The Pharisaic works in Jesus’ and Paul’s day were indeed the heavy burden that Jesus referred to…

Apostle Paul and Law

They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.
Matt 23:4

But Jesus, who advocated keeping the commandments had a different view.

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John `4; 15

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:25-30

One question leads to another LOL

God bless

Susan

A divisive question, potentially

A divisive question

A potentially divisive question was asked of Ravi Zacharias, “How do you respond to non-believers who accuse Christians of being hateful to people who support lifestyles that are not according to the precepts of our faith?”

He broke it down into 3 panels of an answer, and it fascinated me, so I kept watching.

1st panel logical problem. 2nd panel theological problem, 3rd the relational problem

He went on to give another example… and asked the questioner to define the culture we are living in.

The options were…

  1. Theo nomos culture – where the law of God is so embedded in our hearts that we all emotively think in the same category.
  2. Hetero nomos culture (subject to a law or standard external to itself.) Dictated to by the leadership at the top.
  3. Auto nomos culture. Each person dictates their own moral standards
    1. Then he asked another question, “If you disagree with me will you switch to a heteronomous mood and dictate to me what you think I should believe?’

Autonomous cultures run into a conflict when everyone has their own autonomy.

“Nomos, (Greek: “law,” or “custom”,) plural Nomoi, in law, the concept of law in ancient Greek philosophy. https://www.britannica.com/topic/nomos-Greek-philosophy

Put the divisive question in one of those categories

meet the brief, the Bible

Theo nomos would clearly be what the Bible teaches, since Theo is Greek for God so the words mean ‘God law.’

law, a divisive question answered

Hetero nomos would then be according to the law of the land.

Self-isolation, or quarantine is a recent example of the law of the land. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/rebellious-what-do-you-mean/

Auto nomos would be everyone deciding for themselves.

 

However, is it hateful if my choice differs from your choice? Not unless I am in a position of power and legislate that your choice is ‘hateful’ because it differs from mine.

God gives us choice, we saw that at the beginning of the Book, and He allowed Adam and Eve to make the wrong one. He did not ‘wipe them out,’ instead, allowing them to live with the consequences of the choice, as do we.

A short talk but it gave me much ‘food for thought.’

Susan

You can view the talk on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPYRXop7aPA&fbclid=IwAR3yT-3UQlroqP4bbND0or1GtEYarZlySrv6PU8ERX0m88l_vqIpkHN_tGM

Back soon

Back soon

I will be back soon…blogging, and writing my new series.

First I have to recover more energy and as much strength as will be possible.

Back soon - from where

Well, I have to admit I will not be back to ‘normal’ health. I had to adjust to a  ‘new normal.’ 

However in the last month I have been hospitalised twice, but now with treatment at home am starting to feel better. How long that will last for is not in my hands. Like many with serious chronic/life-threatening conditions, I plod on.

But in the last two days it looks as if this ‘exacerbation’ is turning around. Praise God… well, I do. 

So, pop back and have a look soon. I will be back soon… I hope.

Now comes the thunder. So turn off time.

God bless 

Susan

Prayer is not a magic wand

Prayer is not a magic wand

Prayer can be many things, but it is not a magic wand. If it was no one would be sick, there would be no murders, no wars, and none of us would be mourning the death of a loved one. But all these things, and more are happening all around the world.

So what is prayer?

Well, that depends on what you believe, I can only share what I, as a Christian, believe prayer to be, and that is, prayer is communicating with God. It is not all asking for your needs… or wants. Prayer is also listening, and studying the Bible.

After all, the Bible is the word of God.

Types of prayer

Well, there is the kind that, in desperation, someone cries for help.

a desperate prayer

That person might not even know God personally, but in a critical emergency cries out to God. Sometimes that urgent request is answered.

There is also the model prayer that Jesus gave the disciples as an outline. This is the daily prayer we said in school (that’s a long time ago) in Scotland. A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the model prayer… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/a-look-at-the-lords-prayer/

Some sites say there are four types of prayer, others say seven types, or six types… instead of me ‘reinventing the wheel’ as they say, if you are curious, this site lists some and what they are. https://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/faith/2015/09/11/learning-pray-seven-types-prayer/72100692/

Ever heard of imprecatory prayer?

It is actually praying for bad things to happen to enemies and was prayed by King David, as recorded in Psalms. There is an article on it here…. https://www.gotquestions.org/imprecatory-prayer.html

Kind of contradicts ‘forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us,’ though. The article goes on to cover that aspect.

In our day and age

With the Corona virus (Covid-19), the plagues of locusts, the fires, floods, not to mention the riots, the looting, the demonstrations, the anger and the rage where does prayer fit?

Well it doesn’t. At least not with those who respond from a self-centred base line. Guess that now I have angered you. That is not my intention.

When I was much younger there was a song, ‘Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” There are several versions of this on YouTube. Here is one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGoEJyV7Snw

For some reason this song is associated with the Christmas season. Why? I don’t know. Every time we feel anger or hopelessness overwhelm us… is a time to stop, breathe, and pray for peace on earth to begin with me.

When to pray

In an apparently impossible situation

When sad, broken-hearted, lost, alone

If anger washes over us

After the death of a child, a spouse or other significant person

What about when we are happy, joyful, grateful…

Every emotion is an opportunity to communicate with God – our Father in heaven.

Jesus taught that we are to pray to the Father in His (Jesus’) name.

when to pray

And of course, when we are joyful, happy, and grateful.

(The sentence above is a repeat from the previous paragraph. It is important, but often overlooked so I put it in twice <smile>)

From experience, I have learned that a good time to ‘count my blessings’ is when nothing seems to be going well.

Try it next time you feel the world weigh on your shoulders.

May you be blessed with good,

Susan

PS My apologies for the ‘missing post’ last Sunday. Health was bad,  and the week went on being bad… Internet down, computer freezing, a dental emergency – but I am still here and still typing away. 

I am grateful for the life I have and the opportunities given to me.

Face Masks or Nasal Prongs?

Face masks or nasal prongs blog

What is worse, having to wear those face masks or nasal prongs carrying oxygen? To be honest, it was only when I heard a friend talk about the frustration of having to wear a face mask that I made the comparison. Well, with one thing that was mentioned… the loops around the ear hurting. That is something I can relate to. I wear nasal prongs twenty-four hours a day, every day, and have done for almost two years. Behind the ears can become painful.

So, which is worse?

Wearing face masks or nasal prongs

First, a face mask

For someone who is claustrophobic, the face mask might be worse.

Conversing while wearing a face mask is difficult, and I have seen people pull them down to talk.
This is against the guidelines, but then – are people told the way to use them safely and effectively?
Some hints here… https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

If sore ears from the elastic loops is a problem, then the ideas at this site might inspire you https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/how-to-stop-face-mask-irritating-ears

Some have problems if they wear the mask for most of the day because, if worn properly’ they breathe in their own CO2

Speaking as a person who is partially deaf, if I cannot see your lips when you speak, I cannot hear what you are saying.

The upside of the face mask… when you are at home, or other safe area, it can be removed.

Nasal prongs

face masks or nasal prongs, the prongs

There are several categories of users of nasal prongs. Basically, these are…

  1. Using oxygen via nasal prongs only on exertion
  2. Only at night
  3. When needed
  4. Sixteen hours or more per day
  5. Continuously

I fit the last category, and that’s where I related to the comment about the sore ears. Mostly, my ears are fine, but there are many types of   nasal prongs and some types hurt my ears. Plastic are the most difficult to cope with because they are hard to begin with. Soft vinyl is easier on the ears (and the nose.) Then there are ‘straight’ prongs or ‘curved’ prongs. (I discuss all these in the Memoir/Help guide Living at the end of an Oxygen Tube.)

Check it out here

When it all comes down to it… the best of these aids, face mask or nasal prongs, is the one you can take off at the end of the day and walk away without.

Some, like me, are stuck with the nasal prongs. But then the ‘upside’ of that is… it’s improving my life.

When all this is over, the face masks will not be necessary. But those ‘doing it tough,’ for whatever reason, will still be doing it tough. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/covid19-doing-it-tough/

Let’s have a kindness day,

Susan

By the way, the biggest problem I had with the face mask – my spectacles steamed up.

Meet the Brief

Meet the brief, planning

“Meet the brief,” means ‘meet the requirements’ – among other things. Why am I thinking of that? A recent episode of Masterchief Australia saw the departure of one of the favourite competitiors. Her offering was skilled, as had been all that she produced so far in the series, but, you guessed it… it didn’t meet the brief.

It made me think. For those of us who call ourselves Christian, do we ever consider this?

How do we meet the brief?

meet the brief, the Bible

Well, first of all a question. If you describe yourself as a Christian, what does it mean to you? Asking this of yourself might be a way to measure whether or not you are meeting the brief.

And there is a warning… don’t look at the person next to you in Church, our standard should be Christ. There are many scriptures about comparing ourselves to others. You will find some of them here https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Comparing-Ourselves-To-Others/

William Barclay says of 1 Corinthians 13 that there Paul lists fifteen characteristics of Christian love. I remember having to memorize these at Primary School. They meant nothing to me, and the teacher didn’t explain anything. It was just one of those assignments we had to do. However, as an adult, the chapter has a valuable meaning.

William Barclay’s commentary on 1 Corinthians 13 explains…

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/1-corinthians-13.html

Christian beliefs aside, we can use the term to evaluate other areas of our lives.

Do I meet the brief in my work?

Some questions:

If I am employed – do I do the best I can, or do I skimp on some of the tasks?

If I am looking for work – do I look at the criteria and honestly answer my capabilities to perform what is required. (The brief.)

I am a volunteer, do I work as if I am being paid?

Do we meet the brief in our marriages?

Most of us start out wanting to please the person we want to share our lives with, but what happens when the trials and the problems come?

What happens when we seem to be pulling against each other?

Go back and look at the ‘brief.’ Individually first, and then together.

My writing

Research is time-consuming, but very addictive. In fact it is like a treasure hunt… for me anyway. When I started the  Apostle John Series  I thought I was going to write one book. Well, the series was five books long, then came the novella series… and because of the deterioration in my health I wrote the help guide, a non-fiction book.

I hope I am meeting the brief in all areas of my life, health permitting.

Walk softly, and evaluate yourself, not others

Hugs

Susan

Jew or Hebrew

Jew or Hebrew, lands allocated to the sons of Israel

 It’s either Jew or Hebrew. In a book I was re-reading recently the author used the terms interchangeably and it started to irritate me.

The book was about Joseph (of the coat-of-many-colours) and his position as prime minister under Pharaoh; the author called him a Jew.

Jew or Hebrew?

The father of Joseph was Jacob, whom God renamed Israel. 

Jacob, or Israel as God renamed him,  had twelve sons. Joseph was the eleventh son. Ultimately those twelve sons became the start of the twelve tribes of Israel. (Remember the name change?)

Judah, the fourth son, is the one from whom Jews were named. Joseph, the eleventh son was not a Jew, although he was Hebrew. From Joseph came the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh who were his sons.

All the other sons of Jacob/Israel had tribes named after them. You will find Jacob’s blessing of his sons, by name in Genesis 49.

So, Joseph was NOT a Jew.

Was Moses Jew or Hebrew?

This was another mistake the author made… calling Moses a Jew. Moses, like his brother Aaron and sister Miriam, was a Levite, from the tribe of Levi. (The third son of Jacob.)

It is easy to ‘lump’ them all together, and adding to the confusion is that the modern country of Israel would be comprised mainly of descendants of Judah. There are Levites, and some Benjaminites mixed in with the members of the tribe of Judah living in the land now called Israel.

If you are confused, don’t be concerned. In two years at a Bible Training Centre, I very much enjoyed the sessions on Biblical history, but found it hard to keep a track of the twelve tribes after Solomon’s death when the nations split into the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom.

The ten ‘lost tribes’ of Israel never came back from captivity, the two and a half tribes making up Judah did return to their lands.

Does it matter?

To me it does… and to anyone who enjoys reading Biblical fiction/Christian historical fiction. And because I write in this genre I have so much research that a mistake screams at me.

It is also important when you need to follow the lineage as do the Levitical priesthood today, and the priestly families within the priesthood.

Suffice it to say that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, those early ‘church fathers,’ were not Jews. They lived before the descendents of Jacob and the latter’s renaming as Israel

Jesus Christ however, as prophesied, came from the line of Judah.

The following links might help clarify – a Jew is a Hebrew, but not all Hebrews are Jews.

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/hebrew?s=t

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrews

And if you write Biblical/Christian Historical fiction this blog might help… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/hints-to-writing-better-biblical-fiction/

Well, that’s it for another week, and my apologies for being absent for two weeks. Unfortunately I have been suffering from what the doctors call ‘an exacerbation’ of my medical conditions. It hasn’t been pleasant, but I am on the road to recovery now, even if it is at a slow pace.

God bless

Susan

Side effects of Covid-19

side effects of covid-19

What are the side effects of Covid-19? Well, beneath the surface, there are many theories, but no one really knows because it is too ‘new.’ Some of the theorized side effects are alarming, some are dismissive of their being any side effects, but the honest truth is that even the scientists are guessing.

Potential side effects of Covid-19

You can scare yourself by reading some of the various professional opinions… long-term lung damage, heart disease, kidney disease, memory problems… then read on and see that evidence is still being gathered.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-52506669

Or, you can look at what the ‘lockdown’ measures are training us to live like.

  • Social isolation – many already were socially isolated, but now vast numbers of people are being told to avoid, or limit human to human contact.
  • Stay at home/shelter in place – again, some people are already housebound, but in most countries there is a variation of this ‘stay home’ rule.

Think about it. What is this doing to our need for friendship, social contact, and human relationships?

“Increased social isolation, loneliness, health anxiety, stress and an economic downturn are a perfect storm to harm people’s mental health,” he said.” Rory O’Connor, professor of health psychology at Glasgow University.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/02/coronavirus-britons-health-problems-covid-19

side effects of covid-19, park closed

The hidden side effects of covid-19

There is another aspect to ‘lockdown’ and self-isolation… the buildup of toxins in your home. The method we use to control them can make our lives worse… if we are using chemical cleaners or air-fresheners. As I have written about before, I had to get rid of most chemical cleaners and the like because of the fragrance, or odour. https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

Most of my cleaners are things like cleaning vinegar, baking soda and the like. Interestingly I was contacted by John, the clean air guy with a link to an article he published, and discovered even more dangers and solutions.
https://aircontrolguy.com/toxic-chemicals-in-your-home-everything-you-need-to-know/?msID=941b4267-0f7a-4824-8823-df47e5c6b086

indoor plants to clear toxins from the air

In an associated article on the value of house plants, it states… “Since we are spending so much of our time indoors, it is important to understand the health impacts of breathing in these pollutants every day.  Some people will experience symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, nausea or allergies due to daily exposure.  In extreme cases, serious diseases such as nervous system disorders, lung disease or cancer can develop.”
https://aircontrolguy.com/top-10-air-purifying-plants-for-the-home/

To deal with the side effects of covid-19

  • Keep your home as fresh and toxin free as possible.
  • Let in fresh air
  • Keep in touch with people via phone or Internet
  • Be as encouraging as you can to others because it will make you feel better.
  • Pray for others
  • Plan to be sensible when the restrictions are eased. (Do not plan a big party.)

Make your own plan for life after covid-19

Be considerate, there are some very vulnerable people in our communities, and some very frightened ones.

“Walk gently,” 

Susan

Rebellious! What do you mean?

no rebellious people here

Well, the man who ‘escaped’ from self-imposed quarantine to go visit his girlfriend several train stops from Perth city was certainly rebellious. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-15/man-jailed-for-breaching-coronavirus-quarantine-by-leaving-hotel/12149908

It is claimed he visited his girlfriend in a different suburb, some reports say he travelled by train, others that he travelled by bus. Since he ‘escaped’ on more than one occasion perhaps he did both.

How many people might he have infected… or didn’t he think about that? Well, now that he is in prison perhaps he might think about it.

The dangerous thing about this virus is that a person with it is infectious before the symptoms of the disease begin.

See a previous post… https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/social-distancing-in-perilous-times/

Why is this being rebellious?

It is against the law, like the law or not.

We are in the midst of this COVID 19 crisis. Most people, at great cost to themselves, and their businesses are keeping the law.’ That man, and others who insist on meeting in groups, are all rebelling.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13: 1, 2.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Footnotes:
Romans 13:2 Lit. receive

How long will all these restrictions last?

No one knows, and I think everyone is so ‘fed up’ of the name of the virus… not to mention all the theories about it, and then there are all the conspiracy theories as well.

But ‘like it or lump it’ (a saying from my childhood) these restrictions are from the governing authorities. So, if we are endeavouring to keep God’s instructions, then we will keep the rules whether we like the rule or not.

no rebellious people here

What are you rebellious about?

Think about it and then consider why. There might be ‘many mansions in My Father’s house’ (John 14:2) but the people in them will be the ones who obey God. Remember the other verse…Matt 7: 23. And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ New American Standard Version.

Lawlessness… is this the same as being rebellious? Perhaps.

Most of us have some areas where we dislike rules, perhaps make our own rules, but we would do well to consider the consequences.

It is certainly true that most of us are tired of hearing about COVID 19; there are so many conflicting news reports, conspiracy theories… but all of this has brought to light something we need to consider. Are we law-abiding citizens? Interesting thought.

On that I will leave you… with a look at how the future MIGHT change. These are just theories, and there are an overwhelming number of theories.

How the future might change

https://au.news.yahoo.com/how-coronavirus-will-change-the-lives-of-australians-forever-062528362.html?utm_source=Marketing&utm_medium=EDM&utm_campaign=EDM&utm_term=News&ncid=newsletter_edm_uf9cw7lph94

Susan

By the way… My apologies for this post being late. As some of you know, yesterday was the birthday of a son no longer with us. These kind of days are never comfortable.

COVID19 – Doing it Tough

COVID 19 doing it tough

Doing it tough applies to so many people and groups these days. Businesses, especially small ones are doing it tough. Of course that flows on to the people they employ, and there are a vast number (putting it mildly) of unemployed because of COVID 19. Surprisingly, to me ‘cos I never thought of it, sports players are doing it tough. They cannot play sports or train as a team ‘live.’

As time goes on, so many people are complaining of social isolation… sorry, I don’t mean to offend, but probably will. Beneath the layers of complaints are some groups of people I know of, for whom this is not a new problem.

Veterans are doing it tough

doing it tough, soldier

I have no personal experience of a veteran’s life, but since becoming aware of the problems, I have read some stories. The following comment, sadly, epitomizes people’s self-centeredness. It is shown so poignantly by a comment from a young veteran.

“I was watching the news one day and it was some trivial stuff about the price of fuel. I said to my dad, ‘I don’t get it, why is everyone so up in arms about the price of fuel when on the other side of the world there are people literally dying and no one gives a hoot?’ Dad turned around and goes, ‘Because this is their world’, and it just blew my mind. When he said that I realised that it was true, that deploying to warlike operations or coming back from war, no-one really gave a crap.”

Whole article here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-25/being-a-war-veteran-at-27/8467046

Think about it for a moment, and when you have thought, if you pray, then say a prayer for these people. If you are an employer, consider hiring a veteran.

Others doing it tough

Some, by ‘virtue’ of caring for the vulnerable, have to ‘self-isolate’ as a matter of course. I have a dear friend in this position. Her adult daughter is in the ‘high vulnerability’ category. She has had a serious health condition since she was in her teens. Now, she is more than twice that age and has to be extremely careful. Her mother has to self-isolate to protect her.

Another friend is a Carer for a vulnerable young man and has to self-isolate to protect him.

 

slave to age

People over a certain age are classified as being vulnerable, and in the ‘special category’ that others are supposed to respect. Most, people do, but others, thinking they will brighten up the lonely life of a friend, or acquaintance, ignore the warning. In spite of their good intentions, they are putting someone at risk.

Then there are ‘us.’

People with serious health problems whose lifestyle is isolated. Example…

My late husband and I suffer(ed) fragrance allergies. In those days it was seen as us ‘being funny,’ or exaggerating a dislike. Let me assure you, I used to like perfume, and my late husband used to like his aftershave. These were some of the many products we had to give up… and avoid people who would not respect our health conditions. It is a health condition.
https://www.fragrancex.com/blog/fragrance-sensitivity/

https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/fragrance-sensitivity-is-a-real-condition/

So many losses.

  • Our own lifestyle changes
  • Not being able to attend church any more
  • Nor could we attend movie or theatre performances
  • Even public transport became a nightmare.

It seemed that we became problems to our own families.

Another category

This has been brought to the front of my mind when I saw so many complaints from Facebook ‘friends.’ So many complaints about social isolation!

Some people no longer have a life! COVID 19 claimed their lives, and left their families grieving. Who cares about the people who have lost family members to this ‘plague?’

Then there are are many like me. Alone, chronically ill, isolated.

Since my husband died, over six years ago, this – and other ‘special’ times of year, I have had to celebrate alone.

Then, since my health took a ‘dive’ and I ended up needing an increasing flow rate of oxygen over the twenty-four hours a day I require it, I have been self-isolated. What is it the Americans say? ‘Suck it up.” Not quite sure what that means, but it sounds like what I have had to learn to do. Make the best of what I have, look at what I can do, and don’t bother complaining.

Most people are too focused on their own lives and difficulties to be interested in the lives of people like me, permanently in ‘lockdown.’

I am not insensitive to the difficulties of those unused to this way of life!

And I do pray for them to be able to cope with the separation. 

But when all of this is over,  their lives will continue.

The lives of people like me and those others mentioned in this blog will continue on in isolation.

This is not meant to offend, although I am afraid it might, and it is not the post I had intended for this week. However, I guess reading all those complaints about how difficult life is under these restrictions stirred me up.

doing it tough, woman alone

Closing thoughts… these restrictions might be saving lives… perhaps the life of one of your dear family members.

I hope so,

God bless

Susan