On this ‘unprecedented stressful day’ with the whole county closing down you probably haven’t taken time to read the MCNZ message from the Pope that invites all Christians all over the world to unite by saying the LORD’S PRAYER at MID-DAY TODAY. (That is actually mid-day in Rome, so you have until midnight, but the Pope made it quite clear that anywhere, anytime was quite ok.)
You are unlikely to have read this by then but it is a lovely idea. You may like to intentionally say the Lord’s Prayer every day at mid-day reminding yourself the world is in this together and no matter what we stand firm in our faith. ‘There is never a time to stop believing’ – may the radio pips prompt you to pray!
Terrible though this pandemic is, the reaction of the world is so much better than past terrible world crises when people have united to hate and harm each other.
Let’s not get ICE-OLATED let’s stay WARMLY-CONNECTED with faith messages and fun messages. Keep on acknowledging the Divine in everyone.
Ko ngā raorao katoa ka whakarewaina ake, ko ngā maunga katoa me ngā pukepuke, ka whakapāpakutia iho: ko ngā wāhi kōpikopiko ka meinga kia tika, ko ngā wāhi taratara kia papatairite (PT Ihaia 40:4).
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. (Isaiah 40:4)
Maren is a pastor and poet who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Last year she spent a month in Auckland as ‘writer in residence’ at the Vaughan Park, the Anglican retreat centre at Long Bay. During that time she visited historic sites around the north with a Maori guide. Maren has a real feel for NZ and for years has accepted many Kiwi contributions for her blog. (I had the good fortune to be able to stay with her for 4 days in September.)
Rosalie Sugrue has sent in two poems from American pastor and poet, Maren C Tirabassi, for inclusion in our resources. Both relate to the earthquakes of 14 November 2016. The first specifically relates to the effects on Kaikoura:
God is not in the earthquake,
and God is not in the landslides,
rockfalls, terrible rains,
God is in evacuators of Kaikoura, …
The second makes a comparison between recent political appointments in the USA and the seismic events in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Both are prayers, both are reflective – they would both find a place in a liturgy remembering Kaikoura. They can be found at the top of our Prayers and Blessings page.