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I’ve grown fond of my country with every inch in my whole body, but I’m saddened by how our people handle situations. The situation started as people protested the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. It began as a protest against his incarceration but elevated into looting, violence, and riots. What happened is just a manifestation of internal scars, which have been brewing in people’s hearts for too long. They were silent about them. Or addressed them but were never attended.

It’s a heartbreaking sight to watch because people are unaware that they are self-inflicting themselves with pain. The technique they use to address issues relating to employment, poverty, and lack of services caused more damage than predicted. People are burning and looting the same businesses which were supposed to give them livelihood to sustain themselves. It will take time to recover all that which had been vandalized and burnt. Most of the businesses will shut down completely which will affect the economy of the country.

My heart goes out to families who lost their lives in the process, and unfortunately, it’s the only thing that is irreplaceable. The pain of losing a family member in circumstances like this is unbearable. Sincere condolences to all the families affected. May they find comfort and healing in the Lord. Others got seriously injured, thousands of people lost their jobs, pharmacies and other health facilities were damaged.

As a nation, we were still combating to flatten covid-19. More cases were confirmed because people were overcrowded in one place and had no social isolation. None of the covid-19 precautions got observed, which ultimately led to the rise in the number of infections. Some of the vaccination centers have also been closed. The health facilities are dealing with a lot of covid related patients who got infected during the stampede and looting. May the Lord heal our beautiful land. Rigorously when we thought we were slowly recovering mentally from the pandemic, the looting and violence happen. Now it looks like the mental state took a blow. We can only hope for the best. May the Lord heal our beautiful land.

On a lighter note, we saw most provinces issuing statements on social media that they will not participate in any violence, looting, and riots. It gave assurance to people that there’s still hope at the end of every tunnel. Though the tunnel will be longer than anticipated, light shall surely come through. In other parts of the country, I saw beautiful pictures of people who took it upon themselves to help tidy up the cities. They might not be able to recover all that was lost, but we appreciate their efforts in making South Africa a better country. Every minor progress is still progress. The police as well are working tirelessly to make sure that no further violence occurs. Arrests were made, and it hurts because now they are facing the law unnecessarily. Violence and looting brought nothing but pain and regret, did not solve anything.

Let’s continue to pray for people in South Africa. People are devastated, angry, and frustrated. We do not dispute that their actions are not acceptable. But it’s only fair to pray for peace and safety to be restored in our land to avoid further damage. The Bible, in the book of 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, ‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, pray and seek face, and turn from wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. It will take my prayers and yours to change the situation πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦.

Let us wholly believe and trust that the Lord will come through for us. Our help comes from the Sovereign Lord Jesus.

Beloved South Africans, looting, violence, and riots do not solve any problem. It entirely causes more damage. The dreadful truth is that it is disadvantaged who are most affected. We could be thinking we are sending the message to the officials, but we use the wrong technique. We can do better than this. Violence is not worth it. And remember that to every problem, the solution is inevitable.

Here are some of the scriptures to keep you encouraged. Peace is unto you.

For I will restore you to health. And I will heal you of your wounds,’

says the Lord, because they have caused you an outcast,

saying : “This is Zion, no one seeks her.”

Jeremiah 30:17

Fear not, for I am with you, Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13

“No man shall be as to stand before you all the days of your life, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

” Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.

“Only be strong and very coursgeous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you, do not turn from it to the right hand or the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

Joshua 1:5-7

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