PM reminds of true meaning of Christmas, Pray for one another

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley says the coun­try has been “grap­pling with se­ri­ous so­cial, eco­nom­ic and oth­er chal­lenges.”

In his Christ­mas mes­sage to the na­tion yes­ter­day, the Prime Min­is­ter said the re­cent his­toric flood­ing is one ex­am­ple which quick­ly comes to mind.

He said, “In this in­stance, how­ev­er, we ex­pe­ri­enced an out­pour­ing of love, char­i­ty and to­geth­er­ness as many of you came to the aid of those ad­verse­ly af­fect­ed, whether or not you knew them.”

He added: “This good­will was in­deed a true demon­stra­tion of the Christ­mas spir­it re­sid­ing in our hearts even out­side of the Yule­tide Sea­son. While many men, women and chil­dren were feel­ing over­whelmed with homes un­der wa­ter, the self­less ac­tions of oth­ers brought them hope and the help need­ed to re­cov­er.”

Row­ley said this re­in­forced him and by ex­ten­sion the en­tire na­tion that T&T is blessed be­cause “we are rarely ad­verse­ly af­fect­ed by nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, but that Trinidad and To­ba­go is blessed be­cause of its peo­ple who car­ry the essence of the orig­i­nal mes­sage of Christ­mas in their hearts through­out the year.”

He said: “An an­gel ap­peared to a group of shep­herds as they tend­ed their sheep in the fields on that faith­ful first Christ­mas say­ing, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the peo­ple. To­day in the town of David a Sav­iour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.’”

The PM not­ed that the mes­sage de­liv­ered to the shep­herds ex­pressed great ex­pec­ta­tion that some­thing spec­tac­u­lar and ex­tra­or­di­nary was hap­pen­ing. It con­veyed de­liv­er­ance from detri­ment and ru­in “for all the peo­ple.” The orig­i­nal Christ­mas mes­sage, he said, was that of hope and sal­va­tion.

Row­ley said while it has be­come cus­tom­ary for peo­ple all over the world to place great em­pha­sis on lav­ish dec­o­ra­tions, gifts, food, fes­tiv­i­ties and mer­ri­ment, this should not be ac­cept­ed as the true mean­ing of Christ­mas.

“As we go about cel­e­brat­ing this Holy and fes­tive sea­son with our fam­i­lies, friends and loved ones, we should al­so be mind­ful of the orig­i­nal Christ­mas mes­sage which should be the fo­cal point of our cel­e­bra­tions and re­side in our hearts all year round.”

He added, “Un­doubt­ed­ly, ladies and gen­tle­men, we will, as a na­tion, con­tin­ue to face ad­ver­si­ties even as we grow and de­vel­op. How­ev­er, hope and sal­va­tion are pos­si­ble through our col­lec­tive ac­tions.

“As such, I in­vite all the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go to pray for one an­oth­er, pray for our na­tion and con­tin­ue to keep the mes­sage of Christ­mas alive through your ac­tions each and every day, for the Christ­mas Sea­son and be­yond.

“On be­half of my fam­i­ly and the Gov­ern­ment, I wish you all a very mer­ry Christ­mas and a bright and pros­per­ous 2019.”


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