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These killings have taken place at a time when we are supposed to be celebrating the true spirit of Christian love for our fellowman as reflected in the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The deaths of Ivan Vaughan of Old Road, Myra Archibald of Upper Cayon and Govind Mirchandani of Taylor’s Village now appear to have caused a dampening of the Christmas spirit that we have come to earnestly look forward to and enjoy each and every month of December.
The efforts of the Police, individual citizens, and other organizations who have been working tirelessly to restore a sense of calm to our communities have been undermined by these senseless acts of violence.
While we can understand the fact that crime tends to increase in the month of December due to socio-cultural and economic circumstances, we do not expect to see a spike in homicides.
We still live in a largely Christian society where we celebrate the gift of life and brotherly and sisterly love; where we have come to see the month of December as a time for caring and sharing. Sadly, this Christian love has not permeated every home, every facet of society.
Violent acts of crime have now become a staple throughout the entire year. The lust for material things is becoming stronger and compassion is leaving the heart of man.
But where do we go from here?
There are still a lot of good people around. While these shocking acts of violence may numbed our senses and make us feel overwhelmed, if each one of us should reach out and try to make a difference in the lives of others, our society can become a better place.
The month of December is a good time to start making that difference.
In order for us to rid our country of violence we must make the sacrifice to help our fellowmen. We must restore love in our hearts. And as scripture teaches us, “For God so love the world, that he gave His only son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
May the victims’ families find comfort in God’s love.