Faith and hope!
The old 2014 is closing, giving us two more days to consider what we will plan for 2015. The reality is that the world continues business as usual. Certainly, once 12:00am occurs on Thursday, the wicked regimes of the world will still be planning mayhem, conspiring their next torturous acts, the Western world will continue its celebrations, Christians in some parts of the world will still be suffering great persecutions, the girls of Nigeria will still be hurting from the loss of their education, innocence, pride, and familial safety, and world leaders will probably all be seeking new ideas for their nation states. Man this world is so chaotic, it is with great apprehension many humans are looking toward 2015.
So what is in all this Happy New Year Wishes? Is it really going to be starting off as a happy new year? Will it be one that brings great joy, prosperity, peace and all the good and wonderful things we speak off during the euphoria of the break of a new day and year? Forgive me if I sound pessimistic, but the truth is it feels selfish living as if all is well in this world of great sadness. Even today, some 160 plus people plunged into the abyss of the unknown, have left loved ones and relatives looking for their answers as to their way about; then we cannot forget the over 200 lost at flight, who left family and friends with a void unable to be filled by human words to date. Oh world of Crisis! What then is in all the NEW YEAR wishes?
We remember the bereaved who stopped to remember their loved ones who were swept away, stolen and or buried by the great tsunami of 2004. I wonder whether they will have a happy new year. To chronicle all the bitterness that 2014 has pasted on our lips would be impossible internationally.
Not too far though within our region we too have had our own blows. Chikungunya has dealt our little Dominica and our region some beatings. Some of us are left with pains from its debilitating effects, some of us have suffered arthritis, and the likes, from a blasted little mosquito bite. Meanwhile our agricultural sector continues to suffer under the black sigatoka disease as if like a plague from the enemy of our food basket. Tohneh, these ills were made to look small by the threat of Ebola which has set all of our region in motion to preserve and protect our populace. The scare of this monster is insurmountable.
Then, there were the election fever flies biting too, with some people still suffering from LOP (loss of power) syndrome. I tell you, it began with PEM (pre-election madness) and unfolded into LOP for some, while others are rejoicing at their gains. Hopefully 2015 will not reveal to us another electoral madness which I will define as TMPS – Too much power syndrome. One cannot forget the great divide created by the election fever flies, 2015 will need to breed some reconciliation strings quickly to save our nation state. Undoubtedly our neighbouring islands who have experienced elections in 2014, to include Antigua certainly will require that reconciliatory pill as soon as possible as well.
Inclusively, some of us suffered the loss of loved ones to the sting of death, some brutal, some realistically expected. All the same, with the void death creates, hurts were inevitably experienced.
In other cases, people quit jobs, to gain new ones. Some of us gave up ‘opportunities’ to seek peace of mind, unafraid of the outcomes. Some of us saw persecutions, rejections, disrespect and ill-treatments from various spheres. In my case close friends and loved ones have suffered from the dreaded monster called cancer in different forms. One thread carried through though for each of these people whom I love, – they remained positive. So, 2014 is leaving, and some of us are happy, but is it because we anticipate better in 2015? Maybe that is really why, – Anticipation!
Anticipation is great, but I want to attest to having FAITH! Faith surpasses anticipation, for indeed, it takes a great level of Faith in Christ, Faith in God, faith in the Scriptures to keep treading through this journey called life. To close ones eyes and ears to the negatives of this life is almost impossible. It is faith then that keeps us fighting, and keeps us hopeful. It is faith that allows us to be able to smile, love, laugh, enjoy friends, family and loved ones, and to keep working for the betterment of the corner where we have been placed in this world.
So as if to topple all the darkness highlighted above, I hereby submit, that we can definitely risk wishing each other a Happy New Year, a better year in 2015, since our Faith will keep us fighting the woes. Our positivity will keep us fighting, like my three friends who in different parts of the world fought and in some cases are still fighting deadly cancers. Their faith keep them going. A page then we can take from these fighters, these warriors – Keep faith alive, keep hopeful, and press on. With this simple encouragement, I urge you and me, to have a Happy, Blessed and Prosperous new year.
For Faith is: “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!” – Hebrews 11:1
Blessings to you in 2015. In a special way I dedicate this post to Jim Henson, Alicia Christopher V. and SMS! Three people I appreciate and love!