Our Easter message, 2013:
Easter reminds us of the struggles one Holy Heart underwent for all of mankind. So important is the challenge that He went through. Beaten until his skin was stripped from his body, dragged through the streets, hands outstretched, tied to a beam, kicked and pushed to walk forward. He was then strung up and iron stakes driven through his palms and feet.
Yet, in His pain and suffering He prayed for forgiveness of the sinners. Regardless of the challenge, His Vision, His Mission and His Father was paramount.
When can we really really learn from Jesus? When can we learn that we too can face all the challenges and yet place our Vision, our Mission and our God as of highest importance? That our national motto be one of Love, tolerance and unity? That our teachers, lawyers, doctors, leaders, politicians, workers and you and me can place Him firmly in our heart?
Reality is that every parliamentary session starts with a prayer – but that’s where the prayer also ends, God is thereafter kicked out of Parliament. Each school day starts with a prayer, but God is then kicked out of school. Even our homes – each of us start our day with a prayer then we forget all about Him for the rest of the day – maybe until we end up in some difficulty to then call upon Him.
We forget about Him, but He never forgets us.
I wish we can all learn the deeper lesson you, me, our politicians, our leaders, everyone can learn from Jesus and the Bible. I wish we can all learn that we can place God first. That we can work toward making Guyana our heaven – God placed us here to build here, to develop this nation, to create wealth and end suffering, to share happiness and Glory – and then to ensure that we recognize that, to Him be the Glory.
Yes, persons crave wealth and for power. Nothing is wrong with wealth and is nothing wrong with power. But when it comes at the expense of our development as a Nation, then it is debatable. Anyone who acquire wealth and happiness making others miserable and by making other suffer is no different than those who laughed and threw stones as He was crucified.
I wish that our politicians can one day walk, like Jesus, with their hands outstretched, to remind them that nothing is theirs, nothing is permanent. I wish that every argument, every debate, every decision is based on what is good for Guyana instead of what is good for their party.
And so, this Easter passes by and I wish that we can rise again as a nation. With each passing day God gives us a chance to be born again. And so, we can let our country be born again. I pray that we can all rise again – and again and again until we are utilizing our full potential to develop ourselves, our neighbours and our nation.
I wish we can also be blessed to realize that we CAN stop criticizing each other and we CAN stop bringing each other down regardless of race, religion and culture. I wish that each of us can start caring for the environment and stop throwing garbage out. I wish we can realize that each piece of garbage we throw out in God’s nature, we not only clog up His creeks and rivers, but we also clog up our minds and humanity.
Dare I wish that every single parliamentary session must end with at least ONE achievement FOR GUYANA? Do I dare wish that the speaker can always end each session a summary of what was achieved FOR GUYANA? Do I dare wish that we can ALL support the good principles REGARDLESS of which party or race or culture? That like, Him, we do for this country whether they have power or not? That we do for Him?
If He withstood so much pain and suffering for us, then we must at the very least not let Him down. Love, respect and tolerance must abound all over Guyana.
Friends, just how we pray for our children and our health so too we must pray everyday for our leaders and politicians and professionals and community.
If they pray and we pray, then we will act in God’s light and His sacrifice will be for good reason – and Guyana, our dear beloved country, can rise from the morass of ego and corruption into God’s light.
We have to desire that change to make it happen, and we have to continue praying.