Christmas this year comes at a time of uncertainty, anxiety and indeed fear amongst people whether here in Barbados, in neighbouring countries and across the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and turned everything upside down. The virus has made life particularly difficult for seniors, placing us in the vulnerable group.
Life must continue and live we must. However, we should adhere to all protocols as outlined by our health officials. The sacrifice can be brief if we continue to follow the protocols.
As the late civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Junior said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
We place much emphasis on Faith, Love and Hope in our daily lives, sometimes without even recognizing. These words have a deep meaning which should be turned into action.
We at BARP ask you never to lose Faith as we confront COVID-19.
We must also have faith in the vaccines which the research scientists have been able to produce in record time.
When the vaccines become available in Barbados let us step forward for there is no reason to be afraid. The vaccine will help, but so too will our behaviour.
Love is the key that unlocks the doors of the heart- at this time of peace on earth and goodwill to all people, we need to show love to everyone. Where we can help, please, extend that hand of encouragement and support.
When we have hope we have a greater appreciation that sharing is caring and that we must all stand united in our efforts to overcome adversity.
We need hope to overcome COVID-19, for our country to get back on a path of economic growth so many of our young people can be employed and for BARP to grow in strength so that all seniors on this island can lead a life of independence and dignity.
Christmas 2020 might feel very different from Christmas of 2019 due to the pandemic but the true meaning of the Christmas story will never change.
It is principally about hope for a better tomorrow.
Remember Christmas is not just one day, December 25.
As that famous English writer Charles Dickens said in his novel A Christmas Carol, "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
That is also BARP’s wish for all seniors in Barbados: let us look towards the horizon where lies hope for a brighter tomorrow.
A Merry Christmas.
God bless us all.