Tuesday | 31 March | 2020
By PB Roos
I am in the privileged position today to still be able to work, to eat and to be with my family. However, there are thousand of our fellow citizens who are not privy to this position. Our peole are losing their jobs, they are not paid and the government’s measures will not be nearly enough to address the effect of this global disaster.
The psychological impact of this chaos we are in, is taking us all down. People are uncertain. People are afraid. No one has encountered this scale of social destruction ever before. However, I do believe that we can show who we really are as a community and citizens in this time of crisis.
Social and physical isolation does not mean that you have to isolate your heart as well. We as people are obliged to take care of the indigent people in our communities. Now, more than ever before our hearts must be softened towards those we can help. It can be something small such as an encouraging message to a friend or something big, such as a financial contribution towards a stranger.
Let us all stand up to this enemy that is chaos. The social issues that this crisis brings wil still be felt by the most vulnerable in our community long after the crisis is diverted. The crisis will pass, but will you be able to say afterwards that you opened your heart to your fellow man? Or merely that you survived? Each and every one of us has the capacity to make a difference in someone else’s life. The cost of turning your back on your fellow man is the most expensive price you will ever pay.
If this letter only touch one heart then I’ve reached my goal. We should all be able to look back to this turning point in history and say: “Yes, I did my part.”
“Lord, please bless our country. Soften our people’s hearts and connect us as one in Your name. Amen.”
* All information was correct at the time of publication.