Covid 19 Lockdown Day 2 28 March 2020 – Saturday

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION AT BOTTOM.  The translation is day or two behind, therefore a few more “insights.”

My musiek Sibongile Khumalo sing Plea for Africa

 

 

Plea from Africa
Sibongile Khumalo

Give a thought to Africa
‘Neath the burning sun
There at hosts of weary hearts
Waiting to be won
Many lives have passed away
And in many homes
There are voices crying out
To the living God
Tell the love of Jesus
By the hills and waters
God bless Africa
And her sons and daughters
Breathe a prayer for Africa
God the father’s love
Can reach down and bless all hearts
From his heav’n above
Oh the lips…

Of in die aangrypende woorde van Enoch Sontonga

Nkosi sikelel’ Afrika

Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo,
Yethu, Nkosi sikelela,
Thina,Lusapho lwayo.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeh
O se boloke (Ntate)
O se boloke
Setjhaba sa
Heso,
Setjhaba sa
South Afrika

God bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high
Hear our petitions
God, bless us, your children
Lord, we ask you to protect our nation
Intervene and end all conflict
Protect us, protect our nation, our nation, South Africa

ENGLISH

Listening to Sibongile Khumalo sing Plea for Africa

Contemplating Hab 3: (do read all of Habakkuk)

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,     I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;   he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

On a Sunday morning,  a long time ago, I had a sermon about this.  I remember telling the congregation that I/we have no idea what this means.  What Habakkuk describes, is a total economic collapse.  I cannot imagine it.

It seems to me what we are experiencing in the world, because of Corona 19 virus, is threatening to be such a total economic collapse.  Indeed, it scares me.  People will (have) lose their jobs, their houses, everything they have worked for.  I am threatened by the same thing.

Long ago I had one of those nightmares that became part of my life.  In my nightmare I was hiding somewhere from a disaster of some sort.  Trembling with fear.  When the disaster had passed (and probably as the sun rose), I came out of hiding and when I saw the destruction of beautiful buildings, dead people lying in a desolate land, I literally started crying “Oh, no, such utter destruction.” Somehow, I have the feeling that when I come out of hiding, I will really cry over the economic destruction caused by a virus (or is it our panic because of the virus?) My biggest fear in line with this nightmare is South Africa’s informal settlements!

I can look at this economic scenario and react in fear and cower in a corner as in my nightmare.  Or I can act pro-actively and admit that I will exit into a different world than the one from which I went into lockdown.  I choose to act pro-actively.  That is why, today I will attend Brian Walsh‘s Future Proof Your Business webinar.  That is why I spend time to improve my skills and learn more skills.  I want to be ready to embrace a new world.

Habakkuk looks at a scenario of total economic collapse, but he did so with faith in and hope for the future.  I will do the same.  After every disaster that I know of, the world was changed, but also experienced amazing growth.  I believe the same will happen after Corona 19. I already see innovation everywhere.  I want to be ready to be part of the change.

But as I sit here contemplating, these are my prayers:

Sibongile Khumalo’s Plea for Africa is my prayer for the world:

Plea from Africa
Sibongile Khumalo

Give a thought to Africa
‘Neath the burning sun
There at hosts of weary hearts
Waiting to be won
Many lives have passed away
And in many homes
There are voices crying out
To the living God
Tell the love of Jesus
By the hills and waters
God bless Africa
And her sons and daughters
Breathe a prayer for Africa
God the father’s love
Can reach down and bless all hearts
From his heav’n above
Oh the lips…

And the song of Enoch Sontonga

Nkosi sikelel’ Afrika   

Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo,
Yethu, Nkosi sikelela,
Thina,Lusapho lwayo.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeh
O se boloke (Ntate)
O se boloke
Setjhaba sa
Heso,
Setjhaba sa
South Afrika

God bless Africa
May her glory be lifted high
Hear our petitions
God, bless us, your children
Lord, we ask you to protect our nation
Intervene and end all conflict
Protect us, protect our nation, our nation, South Africa

God, bless Africa, and her sons and daughters, too.
God, bless Africa, and her children one by one.

 

 

 

 

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