I am so glad to be living in COVID-19 level 1 New Zealand. Despite the mess up with border control a couple of weeks ago all seems well with the cases being picked up at the moment being those in isolation after arriving from overseas. However, I was talking with my son last night, who shifted to Melbourne last year to follow his dreams with his career in civil engineering. He is doing well being in charge of major infrastructure projects that continue no matter what. My daughter-in-law has a job as a prison nurse. My quip was she would feel at home with lot's of Kiwi's being in the place waiting to be shipped back to New Zealand.
Right now COVID 19 is beginning its second wave in Victoria, with several suburbs in Melbourne going into the equivalent of our level 4 lockdown with the bonus of the aim of testing 50% of the people who live in them. Ben and Caroline are thankful they are in a suburb that isn't locked down, but one is relatively close. The boundaries are worked out on postcodes. That got me thinking. Where we live in Herbert St is a different postcode to where the Church is five minutes walk apart. Not sure how they would police a lockdown like that, maybe a roadblock outside New World.
Ben was saying there is a deep sense of foreboding and growing fear in Melbourne as community transmission has become established. The children are in daycare, and even the slightest sniffle with either them or mum or dad dropping them off triggers intense scrutiny with the likelihood that they will be sent home. Tough with both parents working. The toilet paper panic is happening again, as well.
For me, it is a time of prayerful vigilance for my family for their health and safety. It is good that Ben and family are part of a Church in their area and receive fellowship support. That is something we at WCC found to be necessary during the lockdown. I was reading an article week before last about how wonderful virtual Church is and how it's going to completely change how we are going to do Church etc. etc. Is it possible to have a virtual Church linking in from all over the country? Possible I suppose, but nothing can replace the fellowship of believers in the same place—something definitely positive about fellowship.
For the fathers and grandfathers out there, your role as the head of the family is to take the point position in the spiritual support of your children and grandchildren. Headship of the family has nothing to do with hierarchy or power. It's actually about servanthood to your wife and children. Don't leave others to do what you are meant to do. Know that your significant other, if they are still with you, will be thankful for your leadership in this area of your family life. Pray without ceasing and see what the Lord can do.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 is a good passage of Scripture to ruminate on and swallow- 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
I am on annual leave for two weeks from next week so will catch up with you when I'm back.