Senator Andre Worrell– President, The Young Democrats
As we celebrate Christmas Day with our family, love ones and friends, the members of the Young Democrats wish to take this opportunity to wish all Barbadians God’s blessings for the holiday season and a prosperous 2013.
This season is the most highly anticipated periods on the calendar. Not only in Barbados but all over the Christian world, there is great activity to celebrate Christmas day.
Traditionally, we do this by sprucing up the home, making sure the house is well stocked with essential Christmas culinary delights and drinks. We seek out gifts for those special friends and family members, especially the children. It is also the time of the year when we find time to come together to catch up on all that has been happening over the year as well as plan for the new year.
Christmas is made special with the festive carols which work best at spreading the spirit of the season when you sing along. Most of all, many of us focus on the birth of the baby Jesus and the important life messages which are captured in the biblical reports of the event.
It is important to note that the greatest gift to all mankind came into the world in very humble circumstances. Yet he captured the attention of persons from all walks of life. He was visited by the shepherds and by royalty.
We are encouraged as Christians to pattern our lives after the example left by Jesus while he walked among men. We all know of the love, kindness, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and the quality life which he lived. Despite the fact that he was able to summon an army of angels he still suffered and endured hardship and pain during the period where this was necessary.
He did not respond with wrath but he graciously endured it to the end. Holding on to the belief that it will pass and there would be something better at the end of the period of trials and tribulation. It was necessary for him to fulfill his purpose on earth.
This symbolises that it is not the quantity of material possessions which determines the quality of your life. Our source of happiness and the impact which we have on the world comes from within. If we use this as a guide we will always be able to find joy, peace, happiness and contentment despite the challenges which may be going on around us.
As we celebrate Christmas 2012, let us focus on the true meaning of the season and share with friends and family a gift from within. Judge this season not by the quantity of material possessions acquired or accumulated. Focus on the quality of the experience.
Let it be a time where we remember to share lovingly with those in need. Take the time to show concern for your friends, family, neighbours or just the person you happen to run into on a daily basis. Develop a caring heart. Use the quiet time to reflect on your life and what is necessary for you to experience true happiness and contentment (recognising that these are not linked to material possessions).
One of the carols done by the Choir of the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels at, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, captured the sentiment as follows:
On Christmas night all Christians sing,
To hear the news the angels bring,
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.
Then why should men on earth be so sad,
Since our Redeemer made us glad,
When from our sin he set us free,
All for to gain our liberty?
When sin departs before his grace,
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing,
All for to see the new born King.
All out of darkness we have light,
Which made the angels sing this night:
‘Glory to God and peace to men,
Now and for evermore. Amen.’
Let the true spirit of Christmas live on and the life of Jesus be a constant guide for how we live our lives and how we celebrate this festive season. Let us remember to be thankful for our blessings, show consideration for others and do whatever we can to make others happy. God’s richest blessings for the holiday season and for the New Year!