Read Dean Sue's reflection for Thursday, 14 January 2021.
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This week has seen the first anniversary of the first Covid 19 death in Wuhan. Looking back who would have imagined the devastation that Covid 19 would have created across our world. So much pain and hurt has been seen in this past year through Covid as people mourn the death of loved ones and as people come to terms with long term illness as a result of Covid.
All of us have suffered in one way or another over the past year. What has been challenging for all of us is the lack of freedom that we have experienced as our world has got smaller. Loss of freedom for many has been hard. When we look back over this Covid year we realise through the Black Lives Matter campaign that many people do not have freedom because of the colour of their skin.
Next Monday in the United States is Martin Luther King Day. It is a holiday and the day celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Martin Luther King Day is a tribute to King for his non-violent protest for social justice and civil rights for black people.
Throughout our world people are oppressed and lack freedom. Many live under unjust regimes, many live on less than five dollars a day, many are persecuted because of their race and religion. Remembering Martin Luther King gives us the hope of a better world: a world of peace, a world of justice, a world of respect for all, a world of non-violent protest
So as we wait in lockdown for our freedom to return, it is worth pausing and taking time out to remember those for whom freedom may never come, and to give thanks for all who work for freedom and justice.
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