Dearly Beloved, I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. I know this unprecedented situation of COVID-19 is affecting you and your families in different ways. And in some cases, it is impacting your relationships and work, and your ability to continue sustaining your home the way you used to. At this time, I want to assure you of my prayers for you constantly. I also want to assure you of my ability to support you with any help or assistance you may need from me or the church family. This week marks Holy Week observances for us. In few days from today, we shall be celebrating the victory of our risen Lord over death. In each gospel account, after his crucifixion and burial, women headed to Jesus’ tomb on the third day only to find it empty. He was gone. He resurrected from the dead. Hallelujah! People of God, we are told that these coming days will be a time of mourning in our country, and around the world as the death toll from COVID-19 rises. We genuinely feel the bitterness and suffering of the families who are affected and continue to be affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. Parents, spouses, partners, colleagues and loved ones are weeping for the loss of their beloved ones to COVID-19. Of course, it is true, that is the situation now, and our prayers are with them for God to comfort them and grant them peace in this troubling time! But despite this, I can assure you most certainly that this plague will end, and our lives will return to normal soon. Don’t forget that Jesus has conquered death itself once and for all and his victory gives us hope for better days ahead beyond COVID-19. I pray that we will collectively become better as a nation, maybe even a little more patient and tolerant of each other, and of our world when all this is over, and we are able to breathe deeply a sigh of relief. Therefore, as we navigate through this difficult and challenging time, let us not lose hope, but keep our trust and hope firmly alive in Christ, and knowing that, Christ with us, we shall be getting there soon! I pray that the risen Christ will continue to empower you with the Holy Spirit to continue extending kindness to people who are in need of your neighbourhood and elsewhere. I wish you a contemplative, solemn, and reflective Holy Week and a joyous Easter! May God’s blessings, peace, unfailing love, and ever sure protection be with you and remain with you now and always. Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!

Rev. Confidence Bansah (Ph.D.)

Minister of St. George’s and Christ Church URC

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