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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Do not despair in the New Year

Reverend Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Do not despair in the New Year

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As we are about to say goodbye to 2011 and to welcome 2012, we do so as a nation with great uncertainty.
For the world is facing one of the worst recessions ever, continuing longer than anticipated. It seems as though it is cancerous, when will it end? Only God knows – the Psalmist do remind us that those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land (Psalm 37:10).
Yet as we focus our attention on what is happening internationally, with particular reference to Europe and the United States there seems to be little hope of any change in the near future.
I am sure that there is great impatience among people especially how things are about the global recession and how it is affecting Barbados. For there are those among us who are no longer employed; there is an increase in the number of persons who are soliciting financial help to meet their needs and that of their families. There is a growth in the experiences of anxiety and stress among the members of some families. Crime and violence along with other social ills are challenges which we continue to grapple with.
As we continue to grapple with these social ills and problems, we can be assured that God is always there for us. We must not give up, for we must continue to put our trust in God who rescued Israel from the lion’s mouth – will also rescue us from the present situation in Barbados – for there is still hope.
“As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.” (Amos 3:12)
To all my readers – have a bright, peaceful and healthy 2012.