Easter Message From Premier David Burt

April 11, 2020

PREMIER_BURT david bermuda 2019[Easter message from Premier David Burt]

In Bermuda, the Easter weekend is an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.

A time to embrace our unique culture and special traditions, flying kites, playing marbles and jacks, feasting on hot cross buns and fishcakes and simply enjoying the outdoors.

It is also a time to warmly remember those who are no longer with us and those who have recently lost loved ones.”

Those were a few of the opening words I spoke last year when I brought Easter Greetings from the Government to the country. But today … in Easter 2020. It feels as if it has been 12 years, not 12 months since we last celebrated.

And when in Easter 2019, I spoke about remembering those who had recently lost loved ones, not a single Bermudian family had lost a loved one to a global pandemic, in 2020 more than three have.

This Easter, we are being tested because our minds, bodies, and souls are not being fed the way they normally are; we are a social people and yet we are at home. We are missing the simple social interaction of passing people while walking from our bikes and cars to work; having a co-worker ask you if you “want a coffee too”. Bragging rights about brunch-making skills, golf shots, fishing catches, and even the prettiest or loudest kite are on-hold.

And so given the doom, it can feel as if 2020 is at war with our culture and our Bermudian virtues of empathy and compassion.

Well… we have not endured more than 400 years in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean without both Heavenly Aid, and Unity as a People.

And yes, recently I also saw some of the disappointing videos and messages on social media perhaps, in the views of some, lacking gratitude, however we are in unprecedented, nerve wracking times, nobody owns “the playbook”, so I have understanding.

Besides, those messages are not who we are. Let me remind us of who we are.

Last year, during our own hurricane season, Bermudians rallied and raised more than two tons of aid in three days! Within 72 hours of an appeal, we were able to send supplies, aid, and clothing to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas.

And let’s make no mistake about it, we sent that massive message of unity and compassion while knowing full-well that hurricanes were on their way to our own homes. That’s who we are. That’s being Bermudian. And that’s exactly how we will conquer this pandemic; by caring for others as we care for ourselves.

Jesus was brutally and publicly killed on a Friday, and early Christians must have been terrified for their future. I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety they felt on the Saturday; waking up to a new reality and thinking they would have to change who they were, what they cherished, and what they valued. But then the sun rose on a Sunday morning, and Jesus walked out that tomb, defying the agony of just a couple of days before. This is why The Resurrection is the most powerful lesson in Christianity; it teaches us that if you stick to your beliefs, God has a plan for us and not even death can stop His people.

We can never forget who we are; we will overcome this virus; and we will do so while sticking to our Bermudian values of unity, compassion and empathy.

Happy Easter and may God continue to bless you, your family, and our Island.

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  1. Pure Madness!!!! says:

    God Bless you, your family and your teams for ALL that you are sacrificing and doing for US, the people of this wonderful place I am proud to call my home BERMUDA…. THANK YOU

  2. Mary Ann Riley says:

    Good day Premier, I just want to thank you for a beautiful heartfelt Easter message. You and your cabinet along with all Emergency personnel have done, and I know will continue to do, an amazing job. I pray daily for all of you and as you spend much needed time with your family this holy weekend reflect, strengthen and enjoy. Together we will get through this pandemic, may God continue to bless and keep you

  3. Wendell E. Dill JP says:

    Thank you Mr. Premier, your message is indeed timely and needed at this time in the lives of all Bermuda.
    Wishing you and your Family, all of God’s Blessings.
    Wendell Dill and Family

    • Huh? says:

      Save the politically correct statements for another time. An opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends??? How, When you have a shelter in place order?

  4. Diane Gordon says:

    Thank you Mr. Premier for your consistent, professional leadership on behalf of our country. Your Easter message reflects totally your conduct throughout this crisis that the entire world is facing.

    We are humbled and appreciative of your words throughout as no one knows all of the answers but we can all support to assist our community.

    We must all remain focused, stay calm and maintain guidelines set by the Government and the Ministry of Health.

    Happy Easter to you and your own family.

  5. Tarnished says:

    HI. I sm a Bahamian in Nassau.I love my ancestors home Bermuda. My Grandmotherfamily tree extends to Hamilton- Bermuda(The Lightbourn’s) now even though I might have never travel to Bermuda I have future pland to.I have good close friends there that are caring and loving people. Covid 19 don’t care what race you are from and yes we are all adjusting to this Pandemic we are all facing.Thanks for the love you showed and share during Hurricane Dorian devastation in my country.You are intelligent, peaceful, lovable people and you are known for that.Don’t be stressing give God all the Thanks and Praise that this to shall pass real soon. Stay in door and protect yourselves.love you guys.

  6. Mosea= says:

    Thank you Honourable Premier ; Cabinet Ministers & All health care professionals & support staff for your proffesional response to this pandemic & its after effects. May God guide & Protect all our residents @ this time. kudos to our Premier & His Administrators for their due diligence. On Love. God Shall save His People. SELAH

  7. Wenkitah says:

    Thank you, Mr. Premier. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  8. cpm says:

    Any chance the premier will thank the UK?