Namaste! - “The divine in me salutes the divine in you.”
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” – 2 Corinthians, 9:15
Fellow Lions and Leos; As we celebrate the gift of Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ; let us also recognise that Christmas is a time for quiet reflection, a time for forgiveness and reconciliation. It is the time when we are reminded that Jesus came into this world to bring hope, spread peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. It is also that time of the year, when our friends and family will visit and when we, as Lions and Leos, demonstrate a spirit of togetherness, love and fellowship in our communities.
As we celebrate, I invite you to remember our Lions, Leos and the residents of the ten territories in Region 2, who were affected by the ravages of the two natural disasters, and who may not be having the kind of Christmas that they have grown accustomed.
Christmas is a time for giving and sharing; however, this does not always mean giving money or material things. Sometimes taking time to help and give comfort to someone in need, is worth as much or more. As Lions and Leos, let us find time in our busy schedules to give a word of encouragement to another individual with a broken spirit, a neighbour, a relative, a fellow Lion/ Leo, a friend going through a particularly difficult time. Lions, Leos, let us give of ourselves, not as an obligation, but as a desire.
As we reflect on the year that has passed and as we approach a new year, I ask that you ponder on what we can do as individuals and collectively as clubs, to continue to make a difference in our communities, being reminded of the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “you must be the change you want to see in this world”. Let us remind ourselves of the reason for the coming of the Saviour as we continue to pray for peace in the world.
Lions, Leos; as we approach a new calendar year and the second half of our lionistic year, I offer my appreciation to all who make our service possible. I know that commitment to service is shared by all of us and therefore I urge each of you to be ever vigilant in your quest to ensure that Our Service Makes a Difference.
I pray that we will all have a peaceful, enjoyable and safe Christmas and wish for you and your families, much peace, love, happiness and prosperity during the season and in the New Year.
A Holy and Spirit filled Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
Sherwin Greenidge, MJF