Sunday, 17 March 2019


The last day and a half have been traumatic.

On  a quiet Friday afternoon while people went about their normal business a terrorist attacked Muslims at worship in two mosques in Christchurch.

I noticed a news item when switching programs on TV. Something  awful had happened overseas and I'd catch up with it later. A little later I received a text to say there was a shooting and Ava, my granddaughter, would be late home because her preschool was in lock down. I then turned to the news and was shocked and in tears. The main Mosque is about 6 km from home, the second 2.5km. While I personally never felt threatened it was a nervous time as who could know what would happen next. I felt huge relief when we were all together at home several hours later.

New Zealand is in shock. The grief for our Muslim brothers is overwhelming at times. We know that 50 people of all ages have died.

Our first responders did a magnificent job in an unbelievable situation.

I posted the following on FaceBook. I don't have anything more to say for now.

Church was different this morning as we turned our eyes toward God while still shocked by the events of the last day and a half. We offered our praise with hearts heavy with sorrow. It was emotional. We sang God Defend New Zealand with renewed vigour and fresh eyes. Did you know that the second stanza of our National Anthem begins with these words?

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.

Half our congregation were not born in New Zealand. We are a multi cultural nation and in spite of all appearances our national culture is strongly based in Christianity. We have welcomed people from all nations of the world and embraced them into our communities regardless of religion. Our population is small, less than 5 million, and we punch above our weight.
An interesting thought was introduced by the pastors.... Christchurch has made global news twice in recent times, First the earthquakes, natural disasters; Second, the massacre on Friday which exposed the evil we can fall into when we ignore God's love.
Will the third time be something wonderful based on Love, Peace and Faith? It seems quite possible to me. Good is coming our way ... I believe a fresh wave of God's love will sweep our nation ... a Sudden overwhelming Revival will touch us in a remarkable way.
We need something bigger than ourselves to bring light out of the darkness. The more I know God's love the more I know we need more of it.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
from Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 New International Bible.
God Bless you and your family.


Lynda said...

Lovely to hear from you Ann - what a dreadful time New Zealand is going through but you are right, the love from everyone is incredible. The uniting or people, the outpouring of love and kindness has been nothing short of what I would expect from New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern has been a true leader in this and very genuine. I hope you are well and again, great to hear from you.

heyduke50 said...

Really a sad day for all in Christchurch that day... hate is really popular today, sadly so...

MargieAnne said...

Thank you Lynda and Hey Duke. Now all the talking as people analyse. It's been a sad week and I don't think I can handle anymore news talk for a while.

I am surprised anyone sees my Blog after all this time. Life has changed so much in the last year and I'm growing older and lazier. I'm blessed to be surrounded with family and love.


Gypsy said...

I'm so glad you posted about this. Also glad you are safe - those two mosque are very close to you. There is so much hate in the world, and the best thing we can do is to shine our light in this darkness.

Retta said...

This was such heart wrenching news to hear, and I immediately wondered where it was in relation to you. I'm so glad you wrote about it, and you and yours are alright. It does seem unusual that so many things keep happening to such a small area.
I agree that it's about time for something wonderful and redemptive to come from it all. Blessings to you, Anne!