In a few day's time, Easter weekend will be upon us. Easter Sunday is the holiest time of the church’s year. It is a day when Christians worldwide celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. This year, Easter Sunday should be regarded as being a Holy Day and not a Holiday.
I very much suspect that this will be the strangest Easter Sunday we have ever experienced in our lives, however old we are. I suspect that the temptation to go out for the greater part of the day for many of us may prove too great to resist, especially if the sun refuses to stay in. I also fear that there will be a greater tendency of some folk operating on the premise 'while the cat's away the mice can play', so to speak. I fear that this coming Easter Sunday will witness the biggest breach yet of the social contract that appeared to be firmly established between our Government and its peoples, and I pray that I am so wrong on this count. I also pray for a speedy recovery of our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his return to the ship's captaincy.
My Easter Sunday message is simple and clear: 'STAY AT HOME AND STAY SAFE. LIVE, LOVE AND LET LIVE.'
If you want to preserve life, you must keep the love of your fellow man at the forefront of your mind. This deadly virus that currently pervades our planet draws no distinction between who will live and who will die. It attacks us in the most pernicious of ways; by coughing the infectious virus into the air within the social space we share. Some of the infected will experience mild discomfort, some will become very ill and require hospitalisation, and sadly, many of the most vulnerable with pre-existing health problems will die. Chief among the people who most risk death through contraction of COVID-19 will be your aging mothers, fathers, grandparents, partners, and other family members of vulnerable status.
So, if any of you is considering breaking the Government’s Clear Instruction of ‘staying indoors for non-essential purposes’, please think again!
Please prioritise life by preserving the love of all humankind. As an individual who has had terminal blood cancer for seven years now, along with two other cancers, I don’t know if I will see another Easter Sunday next year, but I would like to believe that my children, my siblings, my wife, my family, my friends, and my neighbours will, along with yours.
The chances of maintaining the lives of these people are greatly increased if you focus on the love you have for them, and make this Easter Sunday a Holy Day and not a Holiday from your social responsibilities.
Love and peace Bill xxx