Friday, April 4, 2014

Snow and Sickness

Old Folk Lore that I have heard is that in a Winter in which there is a lot of snow, there is less sickness.
I think the rational is that below freezing weather which allows for snow kills germs.
We have certainly seen lots of snow falling this winter which is always very beautiful to experience, when you are home and all of the family is safe!
At least weekly during the month of March, we have had a snowfall that let schoolchildren take the day off to enjoy at home. We have taken "Snow Days" in our homeschool as well and it is a treat!
Contrary to folk wisdom, this long winter has also brought with it tremendous amounts of sickness.
The stomach bug has been severe and highly contagious.Influenza, pneumonia, strep throat and strange viruses have been more common then in years past, in my experience. I can't help but notice that there are many more obituaries in the paper than usual.
Grandma Dolly has been in and out of the hospital three times in the past few weeks. She most recently went in on her birthday which everyone was so excited to celebrate with her. The doctors and the nurses were thrilled to wish her a very happy one, and thanks to their excellent care, she was feeling much better in no time!
Dear Lord Jesus, Please help all those suffering in sickness at this time and console all those who are grieving lost family members as we move past this brutal winter into the hope of spring and the promise of new life in You.