Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

This year, we observe Easter in a challenging context amid painful situations. The COVID- 19 pandemic, which has affected the whole world, is also affecting the way Easter is celebrated. To protect our own lives and those of others, we cannot fill the streets with processions, nor will churches resound with hymns and liturgies, expressing and sharing our Easter joy with one another. Instead, we share the mystery of Easter and meet the Risen Christ in our homes, as we adhere to the "Stay at Home Policy". Many people are experiencing fear and uncertainty, as well as trauma, separation, isolation, loss of members or even death in their families or in their church communities.

Yet, despite these traumatic and painful situations, the message of Easter continues to be a joyful one of courage and hope.

Easter is a reminder and encouragement that God in Christ continues to love and care for the whole world, overcoming death with life, conquering fear and uncertainty with hope.The Easter message conveys that our God is a loving God, the source of life, not death, the God of life and love “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.(John 3:16).

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the death and the resurrection of Christ has always infused us with the power and courage to confront death, destruction, oppression, enslavement, fear, doubt and uncertainty. As we are confronted today with the challenges of COVID-19, I assure you that in these days as we are united in prayers and as we adhere strictly to the directives of our medical experts and government, we will collectively defeat Covid-19.

Happy Easter to you all, God's blessings!

Dr. Godwin Maduka (MD, PharmD) Founder/CEO Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center.

Axact

ANAMBRA UPDATE

Anambra Update is an independent publication, established in 2012 for the purpose of presenting balanced coverage of events, and of promoting the best interests of Anambra and Ndigbo in extention. It owes allegiance to no political party, ethnic community, religious or other interest group. Its primary commitment is to the integrity and sovereignty of the Federation of Nigeria, and beyond that to the unity and sovereignty of Igbo Social-Cultural Race

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