In lockdown again! Not as bad as Melbourne, but it still affects us greatly in the City of Greater
Geelong. We in Lara are especially feeling for our friends in Little River, Wyndham, so near and yet so
In Stage Three, we are back to a maximum of five people at church in Lara, as we were earlier. This will
be the leader and preacher, generally me, the Zoom host and assistant. This leaves a couple of spaces,
and I am planning to invite one or two non-Zoomers to attend on a rotating basis.
Because we have all the procedures in place, the Op Shop may remain open, depending on our
wonderful volunteers. If we are directed otherwise, we will close, of course. So far, this has not
My visiting of people in their homes is curtailed again, but I hope to see some, perhaps outside if the
weather is appropriate.
How blessed we are in our homes! I was thinking about mine: a secure roof and walls that keep out the
rain and cold, excellent water in the taps, reliable gas and electricity, the means of cooking, a deliciously
warm bed, access to a world-class sanitation system. I also have internet and phone which keep me in
touch, in spite of occasional wavering. Compared to most of the rest of the world, I am rich beyond
dreams of avarice.
Being at home is restricting compared to our former lives, and places strains on many. Pray for each
other. But it is by no means all bad! I have heard of two studies, one from the University of Canberra,
and one from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, who surveyed people in response to the first
lockdown, and found that the vast majority, over 60% in one and 75% in the other, reported improved
And have you heard about the premmie babies? A Danish paediatrician reported that in normal times in
his hospital they would have an average of thirty babies a month born prematurely. Since the lockdown,
three a month. This pattern has been repeated in many other hospitals across the world. Now they
have to work out just what it was about our old ways that was so detrimental to life. Long, frenetic
drives to work? Eating on the run? Not enough emotional support? Greater infection rates? Perhaps all
of these and more.
Homes have always been intended as places of refuge and blessing and form a picture of our life with
God. Psalms 90 and 91 are very helpful with this. They do not avoid life’s traumas but give us direction.
It is helpful to read them in their entirety, but I include a few quotes:
Lord you have ben our dwelling place throughout all generations. Psalm 90, verse 1
The one who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Psalm 91, verses 1 and 2.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps 90: 12 and
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days, 14.
Homes become a picture of our relationship with Jesus, where we are most intimately known, and
where we can be our true selves.
John 1: 14 says: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
In chapter 14 verse 23 Jesus says: If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our home with him.
This is my prayer for you: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:
16-17. Let’s pray it for one another.
HOLY TRINITY & CHRIST CHURCH WEEKLY REFLECTION
Welcome to our weekly reflection!