As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ and welcome in the New Year, my personal message and that of the Dominica Freedom Party to all Dominicans is that during these celebrations we dedicate some time for some soul searching and introspection. This needs to be done objectively so that we can render to Caesar all that is Caesar’s and to God all that is God’s.
Christmas is supposed to be a time for Christians to reflect sombrely on the true significance of Christ’s birth, the humble conditions in which he was born and the absence of worldliness, greed and materialism which coloured his life. How things have changed in today’s Society where greed and materialism seem to have overtaken a season which is supposed to be so sacred!
I wonder how many of us truly take time to ponder on the true meaning of Christmas which should signify peace and joy to the world and of course to our nation. However, our nation can only be at peace if we honestly take stock of what has been happening in our country, good or bad and make a conscious effort to make the good better and the bad good.
So we ask ourselves, how can this be done? Can we sincerely celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year if we are not true to ourselves and to our fellowmen.
Christmas should not be measured by the presents we get or do not get from family, friends or politicians. What really should matter is how we treat one another regardless of what we believe, who we believe or if we believe. Let us therefore try to do what we can within our resources and give without expecting anything in return. Let us give if we really believe that in giving we are expressing our love and concern for those who may be less fortunate than we are not holding them to ransom because they cannot reciprocate. In these harsh economic times, we need to be even more conscious of the temptations to overreach ourselves especially when we see some persons living beyond their means with no apparent or justifiable source of wealth.
Let us therefore end the Old Year thankful for what we have achieved and look forward to the beginning of a better tomorrow as we enter the New Year. As the Irish would say ‘In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want’.
The Dominica Freedom Party wishes all Dominicans at home and abroad a blessed Christmas and a bright, healthy and prosperous New Year!