24 March 2020: notes for a lockdown.

In less than 48 hours, on midnight Wednesday, New Zealand goes into lockdown. We won’t be the same during it, and we won’t be the same after it.

So what should we be doing? The first thing is that we should pray. That as our churches go virtual, including the home groups that can no longer meet, we will grow stronger. That we know that we are always with someone, who will never leave us. And that our faith will be deeper at the end of this.

Colossians 1:9-14

9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The attitude to take into this is that we are on a spiritual retreat. Turn to the word. Turn to prayer. Build back the routines and rhythm of exercise and prayer, reading and reflection, that we all too often get too busy for.
Be in contact with your family. This is a time for calls: we have until Wednesday to get home and then we must stay put.

There will be issues found, because you will not be able to distract yourself from them. Name them. Confess them go God: he will forgive.

For he has already chosen us, and he will refine us, until we reflect in this fallen world the glory of God.