So, this is Christmas and what have you done….
Not many in Saint Lucia could point to the many things they have done to bring good cheer to their fellowmen this Christmas as COVID-19 has taken a toll on most of them, primarily those in the private sector.
Unlike their counterparts in the public service who have yet to experience a cut in salaries/income, be put on furlough, or sent home (job loss), workers in the private sector will be experiencing a rather lean Christmas season this time around.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the hardships some homes in the country will be experiencing this Christmas, to unimaginable levels, as occupants buckle down to absorb, as best they can, the fallout from this pandemic.
We are aware that various organizations – government and non-governmental – are doing the best they can, under these trying times, to brighten the homes and lives of some less fortunate than others, especially those who have suffered directly or indirectly from the pandemic by handing them grocery packages, paying off some of their bills, adorning homes with much needed furniture, and more.
This is love in motion, the foundation of the message of Christmas, a signal that all is not lost in this world of uncertainties, that there is hope, love, life and goodwill, which are all part of the plan and purpose of God.
And so, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us think of each other as well and stretch out, if we can, a slice of happiness, which really is the true meaning of Christmas.
Also, even in our hardship, let us remember that there is still a lot to be thankful for. Let us resolve to persevere and to triumph against the odds.
And so this is Christmas….Let it be one in which we can still spread good cheer in our community, despite these trying times.
A Saint Lucian, writing in earlier times, called on his fellow countrymen to exhibit the qualities that truly define them: justice, truth and charity. Well, this time around, a much larger portion of charity will be needed.
And so, we wish everyone a Merry, Merry Christmas and ask that we continue spreading the love throughout the season.