From today South Africa moves from level five to level four lockdown. Pictures flood the news about people out exercising at Emmerentia Dam, Zoo lake, the Promenades in Cape Town and Durban and elsewhere.
I set out to journal the lockdown by posting every day but now I am going to ease off to two or three times a week.
Today’s Lockdownlookup was based on Ephesians 6:18. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” At other times Paul admonishes us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:16)
This sounds impossible but Pastor Richard shared an insight he got from another pastor. Praying at all times in the Spirit is merely inviting the Holy Spirit into the conversations in our minds. We can do that.
Let’s face it, we are all facing a loss of some kind. Loss of control, loss of security, loss of income, loss of loved ones, loss of freedom, loss of our life as it used to be. According to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, the five emotional stages of loss are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I think we are all at different stages and we need to invite the Holy Spirit into all our internal conversations at whatever stage we are in.
At some stage we need to move on to acceptance. I’m not there yet. I’m still hovering around denial, hoping life will go back to what it used to be.
A very wise quote was sent to me by WhatsApp this morning. I don’t know who originally said it.