As the nation grapples with economic challenges and uncertainties, the Bishop of Diocese of Kwara Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Sunday Adewole, has stepped forward to encourage a sense of calm and resilience among the populace.
In a message aimed at instilling hope, the Bishop emphasized the transient nature of adversities, assuring that they come and go.
Addressing the pressing economic concerns, the Bishop urged individuals to maintain a sense of calm, emphasizing that patience and steadfastness are essential virtues in navigating challenging times.
He reminded the public that past adversities, such as the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually subsided, providing a testament to the resilience of the nation.
The Bishop further called on individuals to shift their focus to the true essence of Christmas, a season of joy, hope, and reflection.
He stressed the importance of prayer as a powerful tool for navigating challenges, urging citizens to pray for the country and its leaders.
The Bishop, who also serves as the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kwara Chapter, emphasized the significance of Christmas as the day a Savior was born to redeem humanity from its sins.
According to the Bishop, Christmas marks the beginning of liberty, reconciliation, and reunion between creation and the creator.
In a call to fellow Christians, he urged for a moderate celebration that doesn’t lead to financial strain or debt, emphasizing the importance of giving in the spirit of the season.
“We celebrate the day our Saviour was born because if He had not been born there wouldn’t be any celebration, there would be no man to reconcile us, there would be no man to remove the internal damnation, and there will be no man to remove our sin which was perfected on the cross of Calvary.
“Christmas is so important to us because it marks the beginning of liberty. It marks the beginning of reconciliation; it marks the beginning of a reunion between the creation and the creator. So it’s very important to us.
“The Biblical way of celebrating Christmas, the Christmas time, Christ was given to mankind. Bible teaching, biblical injunction enjoin.
“Christians to give and what do we give? We give our love, time, talent, your treasure, naked people you cloth them, hungry people you feed them, downcast people you bring joy, anybody crying, or weeping for not having anything, we should wipe away their tears with our action.”
“If you don’t have anything to eat let us stretch hands of fellowship to those who are in want. People have bags of rice, and some people have trailers of rice in their homes to distribute it, let the masses, the needy, the poor, and the peasants let them have the opportunity to celebrate, this is what Christmas is centered on, giving.
“He gave the son, we need to give everything that we have to people and when we are doing that, we are doing it for God. As we celebrate Christmas, we must not lose sight of what we are going through in our country.
“The economy meltdown, the level of insecurity, the naira scarcity has resurfaced again; these are the challenges we have at this time, people should remain calm, it will come and it will go, COVID-19 came, it has gone, so many outbreaks that have come and they have gone, we should not kill ourselves because we want to celebrate.
“If you don’t have money to buy a goat to buy chicken if what you are eating is roasted yam, give thanks to God, if nobody says come and take this chicken give thanks to God, eat whatever you have, don’t go into indebtedness.
“People should remember that by January our children will be going back to school, they will pay school fees, they will buy new test books, and they should take this into cognizance by not spending the whole money for Christmas Celebration”.
The cleric advised Christians to always pray for the country, adding; “we should be praying for our leader, the bible says as man thinketh in his heart so it will be.
“If we say the country is bad, it can’t be good again. We are prophesying bad things we should hold on to God, have hope in Him, pray, and behave in a normal way that will make all these things come to fruition.”