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I was naked…

Today we walked to the Hibberdene shopping area to buy the last couple of things before we leave on Friday.

While we were in the Chinese shop, a policeman came in. I didn’t hear all of the conversation but from what I did hear, there was a naked man in the back of the police van.

“Naked, naked. Kaalgat,” he said to all nearby and added another word in a language I didn’t understand.

He wanted to buy some cheap clothes for the man. The Chinese owner seemed hostile. Perhaps she had had unpleasant experiences of the police before. She seemed affronted that the police wanted to buy in her shop. Nevertheless she showed the policeman the clothes on sale. He held up a grey, long sleeved top and was looking for pants when we left the shop.

I was impressed. With all the negative media hype, here was a policeman doing his duty but also showing compassion for another person who was possibly homeless, a criminal or drunk. I don’t know whether he was planning to pay for the clothes from his own pocket or whether he thought the SAPS would foot the bill. In either case, I was reminded of Jesus’ words, “I was naked and you clothed me, … Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:36,40b)

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Lockdown Day 30 Valour

This post is part of Saturday Stream of Consciousness. The prompt for today is to use val in a word. I have chosen to look at valour – a good old fashioned word. According to the dictionary, it means great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.

I thought this is what we all need in these trying times. Let’s face it, we are in a battle – humans against the virus. A good dose of valour is what we all need. Courage is not the lack of fear. It is doing the right thing in spite of fear. At the moment, doing the right thing means obeying the authorities, doing what God commands, like loving our neighbours, and putting the good of others, the general population, above our own preferences, likes and welfare.

Health workers are at the front-line of the battle, going into danger every day. We salute their acts of valour. The police and the army are also in the trenches, facing not only the power of the enemy, but also friendly fire from disobedient citizens. If a soldier in war time does not obey orders, he is court marshaled or often just shot out of hand.

Joshua 1:6 exhorts us, “Be strong and courageous…” Those words are repeated three times in the rest of the chapter. I like verse 9 best.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Stolen Car

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About five years ago, our red VW Polo 1.9TDI was stolen. It was parked outside a friend’s house where our fellowship group met once a week. The more we looked for it, the more it wasn’t there.

We had bought the car with specific purposes in mind. a) We needed something powerful to tow our caravan, b) I was still involved in Girl Guides and the hatchback was useful for transporting tents, tables and crates of camping equipment from the Guide hall to the campground and c) it was a comfortable economical car for long trips.

The car was insured but the payout didn’t cover the cost of the replacement. We got on with life. Our circumstances changed.

Recently my husband got a call from the Police. They had recovered our car and needed us to go to their Benoni compound to identify it. It was difficult because so much had changed. The seats had been changed and there was new trim on the inside. Different hub caps had been fitted. Even the engine number had been changed – by one digit.

I was reminded of that wonderful hymn, “Amazing Grace” by John Newton. He was involved in the Atlantic slave trade and was certainly not fulfilling the purpose for which God had made him. During a dreadful storm, he cried out to God for help. He became a changed man, a new creation. He wrote in the hymn, “I once was lost but now am found…”

In a way, we were all once lost, perhaps even stolen. Under new management. Ephesians 2 v 1-5 reads, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. but because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions.” (NIV)

What once was lost, has now been found and returned to its rightful owner: in the case of the red Polo, the insurance company, in the case of us, our Father.