MANY of our people will spend their Easter for the first time this year in an evacuation centre.
These are the ones whose lives were turned up-side –down by the destructive April 3 floods, which claimed 21 lives and left thousands homeless.
Many of the evacuees lost their loved ones in the flood. Many more lost their livelihood.
It certainly is no easy time for them.
The government too is coming under increasing pressure as it tries to address the humanitarian situation.
These pressures are increasing by the day as victims in the centres waited on the government about their future.
As a nation, this is definitely a difficult and challenging time.
But while we wrestle with these challenges, let’s put our minds at ease this weekend as we celebrate Easter.
As a Christian nation that we professed to be, this is an important event in our calendar.
And as any professing Christian would attests, Easter provided the foundation on which Christianity was built.
Simply put, Easter is a commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Without the death and resurrection of Jesus, there would be no Christianity.
It is on Easter that Christians build their faith and trust in God.
Today in many of our church pulpits, a variety of sermons will be preached on the message of Easter.
The most prominent of them all will be love.
Yes, that’s what Easter is all about. It is about how God loved this world so much that He gave His one and only son to die for our sins.
Christians firmly believe that without Christ’s death and resurrection, there would be no Christianity.
So as we celebrate Easter in our homes and churches this weekend, let’s reflect on how God demonstrated his love for us.
Let’s remember that he held back nothing when he sent his only begotten Son to die in our stead.
That’s love demonstrated in its purest form.
Can we spend this Easter reflecting on the love of God, while at the same time demonstrating it to those around us?
This is also a time to pray and uphold many or our citizens who are spending their Easter in the evacuation centres.
Most of them are still struggling to come to terms with the losses they’ve suffered as a result of the flooding.
We will never fathom the pain and loss they are going through right now.
All we can do is to pray that God, who offered us the privilege of Easter, to be their source of strength and comfort at this time.