21 July 2020 – The lockdown series from day 31 to the present – Covid-19 conversations through the months

The lock down series from day 30 to the present –  a series of short talks posted on YouTube during the  COVID-19 Pandemic.

Day 1 of L3 lockdown – new opportunities and creativity – don’t wait a month of Sundays – just do it

 

Day 2 of L3 lock down – be still and know – becoming more contemplative and restful and non-anxious

 

Day 3 of L3 lock down watch what is getting in your home that is traumatising you and you families

 

Day 4 of L3 lock down – Mayday and a new month with new opportunities to try new things courageously

 

Day 5 of L3 lock down – 2 May – traumatic things in our lives and ways to move forward to wholeness

 

Day 8 of L3 lock down or day 42 cultivating inner life and the possibility of a new beginning ahead

 

Day 9 of L3 lock down or day 43 – cultivating the inner life in the journey from lament to joy

 

Day 11 of L3 lock down – even parrots get depressed so it’s no surprise we do too

 

Day 12 of L3 lock down – VE day 8 May 2020 – reflections on faith and fear.in this stormy time.

 

 

Two sleeps before L2 lock down and some thoughts on the hope of nations that does not disappoint.

 

Day 2 of L2 lock down – don’t take people and loved ones for granted as we won’t be around forever

 

Day 5 of L2 lock down – how we make sense of the purpose of it all at this time

 

Day 7 of L2 lock down – the peace and presence of God in the face of struggles beyond our control.

 

Day 9 of L2 lock down – Ascension Day Reflections – access to the Father through the Son.

 

Day 15 of L2 lock down – Persistence in Prayer and not giving up

 

Two days before Sunday 1 of L2 – reflections on life and church.

 

MORNING REFLECTION – SEVEN THINGS ABOUT THE SPIRIT AT PENTECOST

 

 

Friday Reflection – From Pentecost to Trinity

 

Day 1 of L1 lock down – thoughts on dying, living, and entrusting our lives to the Lord each day

 

Day 5 of L1 lock down – thinking about where we have been and being thankful for our new freedoms.

 

Day 8 of L1 lock down thankful always while living in the power of his peace.

 

24 June 2020 Morning Reflection – our present sufferings and the glory that will be revealed in us.

 

Day 30 of Level 1 lockdown – Dealing with fear and anxiety in this changing and challenging world

 

Morning Reflections – hitching a ride and lessons from the yellow-billed ox pecker and the buffalo.

 

Morning reflection – learning from a herd of elephants on the move towards a key destination

 

Morning reflection – The faithfulness of God who does not change like shifting shadows steadies us

 

 

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The quest for hope in fiction, fact and faith

Eli Bell and Anthony Gielty – the quest for hope in fiction, fact and faith.

A reflection on two books – “Boy swallows universe” and “Out of the darkness” read during lock down in April.

 

 

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Morning reflections – learning from the ox pecker and the buffalo

Lessons from an African Safari and other thoughts about the people that are hitch a ride in our lives. The one another factor of travelling together.

 

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24 April 2020: the lock down series from day 21 to day 30 – hope and courage from various angles.

The lock down series from day 21 to day 30 –  a series of short talks posted on YouTube during the  COVID-19 Pandemic.

Rest and peace for our inner lives:

 

Bumper sticker witnesses: what do we advertise in difficult times?

 

It’s Friday but Sunday is coming:

 

Dealing with doubts:

 

Encouragement in valleys of deep darkness…

 

Captain Tom Moore and the one another factor:

 

Those who know tell those who don’t know

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14 April 2020: Day 20 of lock down and the story of the chocolate parrot

New opportunities await us – letting go of the past and moving towards a new future.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Rom 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

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12 April 2020: day 18 of lock down and Easter Sunday – hearing the voice of Jesus in the dead-ends of our lives.

Readings: Matthew 18:1-10; John 20:11-18

 

 

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10 April 2020: Good Friday reflection during lock down – loving and serving one another

Reading for reflection:

John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Mark 10:43-5: “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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9 April 2020: Day 15 of lock down – Day 4 of Holy week also known as Maundy Thursday.

Reading for reflection: John 13:1-35

A lot has happened this week. In every sense. Around the world, in our country, in our homes, and hopefully in our hearts. Holy week has taken us on a journey with Christ from Palm Sunday into the temple which he cleansed, back to the temple for his teachings, and that time of waiting once Judas had gone off to negotiate his capture for money.

The Pandemic has dragged millions of people through stress, heartache, anxiety and separation. Nearly 90 000 families have been bereaved, many with little opportunity to mourn and farewell their loved ones in the traditional formal way. Add to this more people heading for poverty and unemployment than we would ever wish for. The prospect of failed businesses.

Each of us here In New Zealand has had to figure out how to manage our “bubbles” in the most non-anxious un-chaotic way. And for people who follow my vocation, it’s Easter. The most significant time of the year in our faith. Busy time indeed.

I lost track of the days yesterday. But I do know that tonight is Maundy Thursday. The night of the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The night in which ceremonial foot washing (I failed to get anyone to let me wash their feet last time I tried) reminds us of Jesus the servant leader. The suffering servant. The dying servant. The one who calls our name at tombs and dead ends (a little preview of Sunday’s message slipping in).

When I think of foot washing I think of much more messy stuff. The nursing and caring staff around the world who deal with bedpans, adult nappies, cleaning us up when in our frailty we become as dependent as new born babies. Suddenly washing feet doesn’t seem so bad.

“Maundy” has its roots in the word for commandment. Jesus gave one new commandment to add to and flavour the rest. Loving your neighbour as yourself always sounds like a kind of quid pro quo. Like the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A nice ethic of reciprocity.
The new commandment is more like the risks that our medical staff around the world live with now. Love one another as Jesus loves us? How did he show his love? Sacrifice. He gives his life for us. So are they.

It’s a bit too close to the bone really, and highlights the agony of a vocation that can kill you and leave your beloved family behind. I don’t know if we can get our heads around that. Clapping for them and cheering them on is good. (Get them the proper PPE stuff please.) Staying at home is better than just cheering and clapping – we do it so that we can kill off the spread of this Covid-19 scourge. Being on our own is not a great sacrifice compared to those who have given their lives for their calling. Given their lives for ordinary people like you and me who become patients through no fault of their own.

Have a lovely Easter weekend at home dear friends.
Be at peace.

We are not alone.

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8 April 2020: The lock down series days 11 to 14 – taking us with Jesus into Holy Week.

Lock down series. A series of reflections taking us into Holy Week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 April 2020: Day 10 of our lock down and some thoughts on self care and support

Hi all

A few thoughts for today on day 10 of our lock down in New Zealand.

Peace to you today.

 

 

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