Getting sick doesn’t have to be bad news

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Rev. Walter Klockers

How has your health been for the past few months? Overall, Ive done pretty good job of taking care of myself.

Way back in October, I did experience a bump in the road. For the first time, I had a reaction to my annual flu shot. My ears started filling with fluid. I ended up battling that middle-ear problem for quite a while.

A doctor shared with me that the most recent flu immunization had a little extra oomph to it, which led to more cases like mine.

Over the past few months, there were a lot of folks around me that were catching one bug or another the common cold, various stomach viruses, the full-blown flu, or the crud, among other things. I was so very thankful to have avoided these germs.

Here is what I have in my anti-illness arsenal bag: an annual flu shot, eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, dressing in layers, never going outside for a minute or two without a jacket on, a daily dose of elderberry syrup, handwashing, and use of hand sanitizer.

As a minister, my calling is a public one. During a typical week, I meet a good many people. I may greet them with a handshake, a hug, sit and talk with them, and offer prayer. I make hospital visits to be with the sick. So, I am exposed to a lot; much more so than most, I believe.

If I should become lax in how I take care of myself, I have a greater chance of picking up one of those nasty bugs. If I should become ill, this negatively affects my ministry with others. It temporarily puts much of it on hold, which is not good.

Unfortunately, I have to report that I did pick up the crud about a week ago, in spite of all my best efforts to avoid getting sick. Thankfully the worst is now over and Im on the healing end of things.

I believe that there is good that may come from illness. For me, it is a reminder of my mortality. Through it, there is an opportunity for greater awareness; that every precious breath I take is a gift from God, and not to take it for granted.

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.

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