By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
In spite of the bang of COVID-19 pandemic the society, Christians in Akwa Ibom State and indeed the State on Christmas Day rejoiced in a happy mood in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ unto the world.
In various Church denominations in the State, Christians converged together in joyous praises and offering gifts to God as signs of their grateful heart to Him.
The state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel in a statewide broadcast drawing his inspiration from Holy Bible in the book of Luke chapter 2 verse 10, told people of the State not be despaired of any perceived circumstance that may threatens their pathways to success because in God, there is no impossibility.
Governor Emmanuel reminded them to reflect on the true essence of Christmas, emphasising on steadfastness to God’s ordinances for mankind which include love, humility and righteousness as they celebrate the Christmas season.
He also charged the people to remain hopeful and not be afraid because what the Lord has in store for the State in the next year and the years to come, will gladden the hearts and minds of all, saying, Let love, hope and brotherhood continue to bind and shape one engagements with one another.
“The lessons of that night of Christ’s birth should not be lost on us. That there was no room for God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ at birth, did not stop him from fulfilling His mission as the Messiah and Saviour of the world. “So, let this season remind us that the circumstances of our births are not strong enough to stop us from fulfilling our mission on earth. Let the humble beginning of Jesus Christ in the manger be a constant reminder that with faith we can rise above the circumstances of our birth and be a blessing to our dear State and nation. “Compatriots, let us honour this season of love by meditating on Christ’s message of God’s steadfast love, tender mercies and saving grace, which has brought hope and joy to the world, and has inspired the faithful to love God and put their trust in Him. His simple message of love has also become the strongest thread that binds humanity together in a garment of brotherhood. Let us, therefore, resolve in this season to love one another and let the emotions of love guide all our actions. “This year was like bumpy ride on a gallop-filled rural road. But God kept His word in Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” “We passed through the scourge of the pandemic and it did not overwhelm us. We witnessed looting and arson from the EndSars, and it did not consume us. We have a lot to thank God for, as this year draws to a close. As the Bible enjoins us let us, in the New Year, “forget those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before us, press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” the Governor stated. Besides, Governor Emmanuel resounded the message of safety as covered by the covid-19 guidelines and protocols being ways to conquer the pandemic and stay safe. “Fellow Akwaibomites, let us press forward by doing all we can to stay alive and beat the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. As you may already know, we are currently experiencing the second wave of the pandemic, but as we had succeeded in stemming the rate of infection when it first hit our shores, I ask you to join hands with us again to beat this second wave. The use of facemasks, social distancing, regular hand washing, hand sanitizers are protocols that have worked in reducing infections. Let us remain committed to applying these protocols. If we adhere to these simple but effective rules, there may be no need for us to impose another lockdown, but if we observe that these rules are flouted, then we may have no other option than to put the State under lock -down,” he added.