Covid-19 a wake-up call to the world

Councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, Lansdowne

I believe in my spirit that prayer comes automatically during a crisis to those grounded in their faith whether Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, etc.

From as far back as I can remember, we were drilled in the Lord’s Prayer (the prayer Jesus taught His disciples before His Ascension).

The world has never experienced such a huge unprecedented “lockdown” before. I believe that a crisis is an opportunity for people to unite, do some introspection, and pool our resources to overcome such an adversity such the Covid-19 crisis.I believe in my spirit that we need to get “back to basics” -“… love your neighbour as yourself”, and become more caring to the plight of the poor, the downtrodden and marginalised.

Is it a coincidence that film stars, celebrities and persons in high places whom we hold in high regard have become infected?

I believe in my spirit that Covid-19 is a wake up call to the world to become more prayerful in all our chosen religions and faiths.

Is it a coincidence that Covid-19 reared its ugly head during the holy Christian Lenten period, and just before our Muslims commence Ramadaan?

Too many coincidences.

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the greatest world shutdown (prohibiting more than 100 in groups) in history.

This pandemic calls for much prayer, discernment and deep thought for mankind’s resilience to overcome the scourge of Covid-19.

Fellow South Africans, I encourage you to remain calm, prayerful and focused to overcome the plague of Covid-19.

Nkosi Sikelile iAfrika – God bless Africa, Protect her Children, Guide her Leaders, And grant us Peace. Salaam, Shalom.