This week I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding in Punta Gorda Town. The church and reception hall were packed with hundreds of wellwishers, family, friends and fellow Church of the Nazarene members. We had the pleasure of seeing many old friends, among them Reverend Wade, his wife and family children and grandchildren all here to attend this blessed union. He was Pastor here from 1973 into the 1990‘s. I had a lot to say about the groom but so much had already been said that I could only endorse it. What I did want to mention and will take this opportunity, is the very impressive fact, that although there were at least 100 young children in the church and reception hall, there was no distraction, no unruliness. They were so well behaved, talking and in quiet ways playing together but in very respectful ways.
This spoke volumes of silent testimony to the good teaching and learning of these newlyweds, their families, friends and fellow church congregation. There is a lot in the newspapers these days, pro and con about Belizeans of proud indigenous Maya and Garifuna heritage. I feel it’s a shame that more of our Belizean brothers and sisters weren’t able to see this beautiful ceremony and don’t have the opportunity to get to know these valuable citizens better. There was a time not so long ago that all our communities worked together, watched out for, took care of and showed their love for each other. As a nation we need to get back to this.
Thank God our Belizean citizens of Toledo District have not lost this yet.