Thanks for reading the ebola post, and thinking about it. We are given the blessing of being part of the way God blesses the world. I hear a lot of fear, and I want to hear that with compassion. But being a blessing is a costly pursuit. Just ask Jesus. He said "take up your cross". So if American soldiers and doctors and epidemiologists and pilots all do that, Amen. A few may get sick. Most won't, and in the process will have the opportunity to be part of a story of redemption that is thousands of years in the telling. Some of the comments on the post are supportive, some are hostile. We have left them all up to respect the diversity of opinion. One sticks in my mind, and I think will become my new description of the incarnation: "skinny-dipping in ebola juice". That was meant to chastise us (even though we're currently thousands of miles away in Kenya). But it is a vivid image of Jesus, safe in eternity, entering this world of muck and danger, for us.