Dear Reading Friend, this is David Telbat. By now, you may have read about the Meridia Virus in The COIL Legacy and the STEADFAST Series of books. You’ll soon see what it’s all been about in my new novel, Dawn of Affliction, Book One in the Last Dawn Trilogy, out in December! Why did I create a fictional virus that wipes out a third of America’s population? Well, maybe it’s not so fictional . . .
The Virus is Real
The Meridia Virus is a made-up name, labeled after a fictional town in Oregon where the virus is first realized (you can read the first mention of this virus in my novel, Distant Harm, Book Three of The COIL Legacy). But it is essentially the Ebola Virus from West Africa that I modeled for this pandemic.
Not too long ago, when the Ebola scare occurred in Africa—and panic spread worldwide—I was shocked to realize that modern medicine’s best intentions and the media’s coverage could not stand against or inform people fast enough to stop the spread of fear, misunderstanding, and transmission. Many died in third-world Africa before the West knew how to respond.
The Meridia Virus is a Warning
As Ebola was a wake-up alert for the West, so I intend the Meridia Virus to also snap believers to attention. God’s people are not exempt from catching diseases or viruses, but we as Christians should respond to such pandemics with courage, hope, and faith. The world may panic, but we should remind our neighbors that life is fragile and fleeting, and this life is meant ultimately to prepare us for eternal purposes, to be spent with our Lord Jesus.
The Meridia Virus is gruesome, I know, and a few of the effects are described in Dawn of Affliction. It causes hemorrhaging, among other symptoms. But sometimes, we need to be shocked by the truth of our vulnerabilities and weaknesses before we willingly take a knee and place our lives in our Lord’s able hands.
Like this fallen creation, our bodies will fail, society may implode, and panic may ensue among the hopeless. But our hope and lives rest on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. May we turn our backs on sin as we rely on our future reserved in heaven.
See you on the next page!
You can read another post about Dawn of Affliction at, “A City Humbled—Last Dawn Trilogy Begins.”
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