Tag Archive: pandemic

Shadow of the Almighty

Sitting in mandated quarantine back in Singapore this morning, returning with my family after 2 years in the States for my PhD studies, God has been reminding me of His sovereignty and protection, especially throughout the Covid pandemic (since early 2020).

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
For it is He who delivers you from … the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield & bulwark.

Psalm 91.1-4 #psalm91
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US & the Covid war

One year ago (11 Mar), WHO declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic. Schools and businesses here in the States began shutting down the week of Mar 16th, 2020. A year on, here in the States, sadly we have now reached more than 30 million Covid cases (as of 27 Mar), and more than 500k Covid-related deaths (as of 19 Feb).

In the new POTUS Biden’s inaugural speech (20 Jan), he compared the then-405k Covid deaths to Americans who died in World War II. About a month later (23 Feb), he again compared crossing the 500k mark to Americans lost in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Some news agencies have questioned the validity of his claims; see here for a good fact-checking article. Either way, the statistics are slowly moving up towards that 580k mark (update: now crossed May 11, 2021).

On the bright side, 152k vaccinations have been administered so far, but we still have a long way to go, amidst 2nd and 3rd waves/spikes of Covid variants both here and worldwide. Do continue to pray for the Biden administration, Covid taskforces, and especially the frontline healthcare workers battling daily.

Real-time Covid data tracker, statistics here (CDC).


#gettheshot #TogetherAgainstCOVID19 #wearwatchwash #dontgoviral

In these challenging times of the global Covid-19 pandemic, children and students can get too little or too much exposure to news and anxiety. As parents and leaders, we need to figure out a balance between the two and avoid too little or too much.

Tim Elmore wrote an interesting post “How often should we talk about the pandemic with our kids?” where he draws from personal experience and also discusses an upcoming book “The Pandemic Population,” where he interviews Great Depression kids and shares their responses. Here’s a summary.

Guidelines when talking about crises with kids:

  • Give them only as much as their minds can handle
  • Start the conversation over a meal; wait for them to ask a question
  • Let the news reports spark the conversation
  • When an overload is observed or building, stop
  • Move on to age-appropriate topics; let kids be kids

Great Depression kids’ responses:

  • The majority of them were not aware they were living in the Great Depression
  • Everyone felt they were all the same and we’re in this thing together
  • People maintained simplicity, gratitude, and contentment
  • Adults raised kids collectively and worked to build morals and work ethic
  • Good attitudes and virtues seemed to be paramount

Read the full article here.

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