Reflections for Covid-19 Lockdown
Freedom in chains
Can’t drive to the park
Shut the door
Cannot go to church.
Lord, we love our freedom
our choice to go here or there.
This is new and unwelcome
this house arrest
this solitary confinement.
Lord, as our world closes down
may our hearts open up.
As we lose our freedom
may we find our freedom
in your vast space
your eternity of compassion
your galaxies of truth.
Paul signed off his letter to Colossia saying
“remember my chains”.
He prayed for his friends
and asked them to pray for him
“that God will open to us a door for the word,
that we may declare the mystery of Christ” (Col 4:3).
And so we pray in our time of lockdown:
God of all space and time
open to us a door today.
Living Word, walk through our walls.
Freeing Word, speak out in every way
to your people in every land
to release their minds from chains of fear
to open space in every conversation, every text,
for grace to flow in mercy
for the great mystery of you
here with us,
freedom in chains
Protection and contagion
of course, we know
that faith is not hand sanitiser
that Christ’s purchase of blood*
does not buy us health insurance.
But into our fear of disease Psalm 91 promises:
You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord,
“My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the deadly plague;
You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness. (Ps 91:1-6)
Loving God, our refuge and our home,
just what exactly is it that you promise us?
For we know that we’re just as likely to catch this virus as anyone else,
just as likely to die of it, gasping for breath.
So how, exactly, will you deliver us from it?
Covid cares not a whit for national pride, status or pretention,
wishful thinking, faith, goodness or optimism.
Those who love me, I will save;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will show them my salvation. (Ps 91:14-16)
Jesus, my friend, hold my hand.
I know your name, and you know mine.
Jesus, my Lord, I trust you with this life of mine.
I trust you with this church of yours, this family and this earth.
You are with me. What could I possibly fear?
*Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 1:18