CHRISTMAS 2013 MESSAGE FROM: FREUNDEL J. STUART, Q.C., M.P., PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS
I am pleased to greet you once again at Christmas time and to join you as you reflect on the coming of our Lord to earth about two thousand years ago.
We do not need, however, to approach Christmas with any less excitement, any less enthusiasm or any less hope than is usually the case. The birth of Christ two thousand years ago was, for certain, an occasion for the excitement, the enthusiasm and the hope which a despairing world so urgently needed.
Whatever the nature of the challenge and wherever that challenge is being faced, the message of Christmas is the same: Christ came to earth to redeem mankind and that is the basis for the hope which imbues us from day to day.
There is no valley so deep that the Christ of Christmas cannot exalt it; no mountain so high that He cannot bring it low; no path so rough that He cannot make it smooth; no way so crooked that He cannot make it straight.
This is not another way of saying that in the daily challenges of life we do not have our own responsibilities. But in doing our part we can feel sure that we partake of and are being inspired by that hope which the birth of the Christ child was intended to engender.
As we celebrate our Christmas Day, let us not forget that there are always persons in our society for whom the fundamentals of a good Bajan Christmas continue to be a challenge; persons who need to benefit from both our caring and our sharing. Connect, therefore, your ability to enjoy your own Christmas, with the need to ensure that someone less fortunate than yourself is able to enjoy theirs. In that way, you will impart a new freshness to the meaning of the event that took place in the manger at Bethlehem so many years ago. The true spirit of Christmas will reign!