This year, Easter comes at the end of a very challenging week.
The Easter message, however, of unquenchable light in the midst of darkness, joy casting out despair, goodness rising up in the face of evil, and love truly being stronger than death, is a message we need this year more than ever.
Many are bearing the stresses and challenges of supporting their families shut in at home, or are anxious for loved ones they cannot visit. Strains are showing in some households and families as the days and weeks pass.
Livelihoods and services have been disrupted to the point of ruin, with jobs, businesses and charities under threat.
Easter, the belief that life is more than what we are facing right now, that life is about goodness and love overcoming everything, gives us the determination and courage to face this virus down.
In fact, in the extraordinary dedication of health workers, of those who keep the basics of life going come what may, and of countless volunteers caring for the vulnerable across our country: in all these people we see the conviction that everyone’s life is worth fighting for.
That is the Easter message for us today. This virus will be overcome. Everyone is precious and worth fighting for. Death does not have the last word. Goodness and love will prevail.
? In a bid to to spread hope and happiness during the Coronavirus pandemic, some of our learners, past and present, are creating colourful pictures of rainbows.
Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they often appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall.
They serve to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times.
Now, as our classes, hallways and sportsgrounds stand empty, Union’s learners are using this rainbow symbol to remind us all they are here, hidden away but hopeful.