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Reflecting on lockdown with the help of the author of Winnie the Pooh

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Kate Edwards

Last week we had a Zoom call with a number of our network and afterwards Kate Edwards in Poole sent us this:

A reflection for you

'Do you remember the poem - ‘Halfway Down the Stairs’ by A.A. Milne? I was reading it to my granddaughter the other day – on Skype – and I was struck by the relevance of the second verse to the situation we are in today!

Halfway up the stairs Isn't up And isn't down. It isn't in the nursery, It isn't in the town. And all sorts of funny thoughts Run round my head: It isn't really Anywhere! It's somewhere else Instead!

The poem seems to capture the mood of suspended action – rather like our lives at the moment. Everything seems to be on hold! There is a feeling of disorientation – and all sorts of funny things run through my head! I sit in my stair and I wonder what is going to happen – to me, to those I love, to the world? At these times I can feel frighten and lost. I can’t go back, and I can’t go forward I am stuck on my stair – stuck in lockdown!

And then I remember who is sitting next to me on the stair, and that he is always with me! And I remember all the promises God gives us in the Bible. Here is just one:

‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10

Thank you, Kate, for this delightful and most helpful reflection on lockdown with the aid of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.


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