April Health Topics

To my dear Tindley Temple Family,

This has been a strange time in the church as well as the world. Things have changed. We have been required to “shelter-in-place” and stay at home. We can go out to work if we are “essential employees”, have doctor appointments, to get medications, get groceries, or get exercise. When we are out, we must maintain “social distancing”, that is to stay 6 feet away, from others. Some markets have even put tape on the floors and in the cashiers’ line to keep us 6 feet from the person in front or the person behind us. There is a shortage of hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks. If we have loved ones in a Nursing Home, we are not permitted to visit them. If we have loved ones in the hospital, we are not allowed to visit them either. We can’t even see our friends. This is so frightening. What’s even more frightening than any of these precautions is that we might get the coronavirus or that someone we love may get it. We could die or they could die. 

But I want you to know that while we must obey all those things listed above, you are not alone, your biological family is not alone, and the members of Tindley are not alone. God is with us and has promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10) He sees all and knows all. (Proverbs 5:21) He never slumbers nor does He sleep. (Psalm 121:1) He is not surprised or dismayed (Jeremiah 29: 11). Our times and our lives are in His Hands. (Psalm 31:15)

Remember, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid (give us a spirit of fear), but gives power, love, and self-discipline (a sound mind), (2Timothy 1:7). This does not mean that you won’t feel afraid because that is a human emotion. A spirit of fear can happen because of an impending sense of threat or danger whether it is real or imagined much like what is happening in our world because of an invisible enemy, the coronavirus. God sees all things invisible and visible. Nothing is hidden from Him. I heard something on my phone from Tyler Perry who started singing a song and passed it on to others. Maybe you heard it too: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. I remember singing it in elementary school, do you? It is truer now than ever before. Here are the lyrics:

(He’s got the whole world in His Hands. He’s got the whole world in His Hands. He’s got the whole world in His Hands. He’s got the whole world in His Hands.

(He’s got you and me sister, He’s got you and me brother… and the next one You remember He’s got the little bitty baby… Can you add another lyric)? 

Also remember in the lyrics of the song by Hezekiah Walker, “Better” that he sings “God is in Control”. Indeed, He is!!!!!

Please take good care of yourselves:

Do:

Pray!!! Pick a prayer partner(s) and pray together.

Read!!!  Read Scriptures and pick ones that will encourage you and others like the ones listed above or Psalm 90, 91, or 121. Read your favorites. Read other books that you enjoy.

Sing!!! Sing hymns or Praise songs.

Exercise!!! If you can’t go out, you can walk around your table or up and down the stairs if you can do it safely.

Wash your hands for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice) turn the faucet off with a paper towel afterwards.

Protect yourself and others!!! Stay 6 feet from others except for persons in your household.

Reach out and touch someone!!! Contact family and friends by phone or email.

Laugh!!! Watch comedy shows on TV, the ones that make you laugh.

Family and friends!!! Spend time with those in your household.

Take care of your health!!! Eat well, take your medications as they are ordered and watch your diet.

Don’t:

Please don’t watch the news all day for updates on the spread of the coronavirus pick a time and watch. It is very stressful to continue to do that. Watching the news continually can adversely affect your emotion, mental and physical health. What you hear is how many persons test positive and how many have died. What you don’t hear is how many people survive and are discharged home.

Please do not disobey all the instructions given to us from our city, state and national leaders. These instructions are put in place to not only keep you safe but others as well.

Dear Father, 

Please protect and keep our Pastor, Rev. Johnson, his family, the staff and the entire congregation of Tindley Temple. Please bless and keep each one safe as well as those that they love and care about. Keep them in health in their body, mind, and spirit. Meet every single need that each may have. Remind them of your love and care just as you gave manna in the desert for the Israelites in the wilderness. Grant them your peace that passes all understanding and keep their minds stayed on you.  Thank you so much in the Name of Jesus. Amen


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March Health Topics

Good morning Tindley Temple Family,

Ecclesiastes 3: 1- There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

It is March, not only the beginning of a new month but the start of transition: it is the transition from winter to spring. The calendar says that this year the first day of spring is Thursday, March 19th. During the weeks before spring begins and the weeks after it starts, we see a shift in the weather. There are more days with higher temperatures and more hours of daylight. Even if there is snow it seems that it melts faster. It is also very windy. Why is that?

The fact is, March is also the windiest month of the year. It is caused by the increase in atmospheric instability as a result of the increase in strong sunshine. This strong sunshine heats the earth’s surface and because warm air is lighter than cold air, the warm air rises causing the cold air to be pushed away. This is what causes the wind. While these are the reasons, all I know is that it is very windy.

What season is this in your life? What are the things that you are transitioning toward? Are you in a season of harvesting “seeds of health” that you have planted over the winter months or have you been hibernating a bit because of the cold weather? What shifts have you seen come about because you have planted seeds and are working to the harvest. If you remember a few months ago I explained that you can start planting “seeds of health” anytime. I encourage you to start now if you have not started yet. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up”. More importantly- Galatians 6:9 says: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.

The month of March is also National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, National Kidney Month, National Sleep Awareness Month (Why is sleep so important?), Save Your Vision Month, American Diabetes Alert Day, and Brain Awareness Week. Please check out the Health Table for information on these and other “seeds of health” topics.

One more very important topic worth learning about is the “Coronavirus”. It has been on the news for many weeks now and has caused a great deal of fear and concern for those who have traveled to China recently. Last week there were reports that this virus is also expected to occur in the United States. What is the coronavirus? It is a respiratory illness (an illness that affects the lungs) that can spread from person to person. Some of the diseases caused by the COVID-19 virus are highly contagious and others are less so. A severe complication from the virus is pneumonia in both lungs. There is no vaccine against or treatment for it currently. To date, there have been 14 people in the US who have been diagnosed with it.

There is more information on the health table about this disease and some of the things that you can do to protect yourself against the coronavirus as well as other diseases and infections. Remember it is still flu season, too. Please cover your cough/sneeze and wash your hands.

 

Many blessings of health, healing, and wholeness blow on you and your family always

Alicia E. Parker, FCN, RN-BC, M.Div., CT, Health Minister


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