So far (knock on wood and wash your hands) I have avoided the flu. I get the flu shot every year, mostly because I have a weekly Bible study with Dr. Bob at Harris hospital and the flu shot is just a syringe away. I also wash my hands religiously, maintain a moderate exercise program (for a fanatic) get plenty of sleep, eat an apple a day and drink enough water to warrant a restriction in a drought. You can read about flu prevention (here) not that anything will guarantee a flu free season but “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” (Benjamin Franklin) The land of Israel could not prevent captivity but the prophet Isaiah imagines a time of wellness when the land deserted will be a delight. The psalmist sings of the Lord who saves humans and animals and shields them from harm. Paul reminds the Corinthians, whose pride has made the body of Christ weaker, that the gifts of God are for the building up of the body. And even though flu prevention includes reducing alcohol consumption Jesus gladdens the wedding at Cana by turning water into the fruit of the vine – which in moderation has medicinal properties for the heart. L’chaim!