Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas message from Opposition Leader: Christmas message not lost

File: Opposition Leader Keith Rowley
The story of the first Christmas is one which never fails to inspire mankind; Christians and Non-Christians alike. Many meaningful lessons of life continue to be learnt from the story of the birth and circumstances of Christ even as we still debate the actual day of the event.

In essence, the story tells of the parents Joseph and Mary, seeking lodgings in Jerusalem but finding no room. A kind innkeeper offered them shelter in the stable and Jesus was subsequently born in a manger. 

Even at his humble arrival, three kings from the east were following the star which hovered directly over the place where the child was born. These kings came to visit bearing valuable gifts in recognition of the Saviour.

It is from this story that many believe the Christmas custom of gift-giving was derived. We look forward to exchanging gifts with our friends and loved ones and many of us make an extra effort to give to those less fortunate than ourselves around this time. 

These gestures of love and appreciation go a long way to remind us that we are our brothers’ keeper and that the goodness within us all will see us through whatever challenges life holds out to each and everyone of us. 

Over the years, some people have argued that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas and contend that the focus is now, for the most part, on materialism and commercialism. While this may be so we must never give up on the true meaning and spirit of Christmas as embodied in love for each other and hope for a brighter and better future for all.

It is my sincerest hope that despite the unfortunate fact that the true meaning and spirit of Christmas may be lost to some, most of us here in Trinidad and Tobago hold true to it. 

And so, as we join the rest of the world in celebrating during this Holy Season I take this opportunity to wish all my fellow citizens of this blessed nation A very Merry Christmas and a Bright and Prosperous New Year.

Dr Keith Rowley, Leader of the Opposition

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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