18 December 2021

We are having the festal celebrations a week earlier. This was planned months in advance. Though we have a nation in a state of fear, and no one has great certainty.

What we know is that as a family we are more shattered than before the lockdowns. We could visit freely. We never thought it would be taken away.

We are in crisis. If you are not grieving this Lent, if you do not see the loss of friends, freedom, and even the ability to worship, we are blind.

But this is the consequence of what our generations have done. We turned from God. And there are changes we do not like. For evil has made us blind, stupid, cowards and weak.

I believe this is why Russia suffered so badly in the 20th century. They had the true faith, the full revelation of God, enough to give them the moniker “Holy Russia,” and then they committed adultery with Western ideas. If you are walking in the garden with God, and you turn away from Him, your punishment will be severe, as Adam’s was, but if you were never in the garden to begin with, and instead had only a limited revelation, your ongoing existence that is distant from God may be punishment enough.

But Russia repented. It is being restored. The financial and physical infrastructure and hope Russians have is better than in the Antipodes, where our government is training us to be so scared of death that we don;t ever live.

May God indeed restore us.

Psalm 80:1-7

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.

80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up your might
and come to save us!
3 Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4 O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbours,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Luke 13:31-35

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

You have to remember that the Pharisees were a theological and political faction, and all factions have subfactions. One of the points of unity among the Pharisees was that none of them trusted Herod: he was no jew and he was corrupt. Some came to warn Christ.

But Christ was greiving, because he saw the fate of the Maccabean theocracy. They would kill him, he would rise, but they would not.

There are things we can do, and we have to take our courage in our hands and teach our children how to survive when evil is rewarded and all the reported and approved narrative is Pravda, lies.

Because as Russia abandoned the saints and missionaries who spoke of Christ, so have we in the antipodes.

We are suffering now because we turned from Christ. His burden is light.

But the world would make us slaves. Do not love the world or the things of the world. The things of the world are traps.