viagra times;”>BRADLEY B. ROBERTS
PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PARTY
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, King James Version)
As we pause during this festive yuletide season, I come with a message of peace and reconciliation. Jesus, The Christ, whose birthday we are celebrating is The Prince of Peace and the master of reconciliation as he taught us forgiveness, to turn the other cheek, to love thy neighbor as thyself and to love those who despitefully use you.
As we celebrate Christ’s birth, let us also reflect on his teachings and his attributes as templates for our lives. Much of our social challenges as a people and nation are as a result of our departure from His teachings. Correspondingly, it reasons that much of the solutions to our social ills are rooted in His teachings, His testimonies; His precepts and His beatitudes.
I give thanks this yuletide season for the gifts of life, love, family, enduring friendships and His tender mercies for without these gifts our lives and very existence would lack meaning and purpose.
We are to give thanks in all things in spite of our individual circumstances, challenges and shortcomings.
I am especially thankful to Almighty God for sparing our lives during the passage of the devastating category four Hurricane Joaquin. Material possessions can be replaced but the precious lives of our loved ones cannot. For that demonstration of tender mercy I maintain that as a nation, we are blest and highly favoured.
The measureable reduction in global oil prices is reflected at both the retail gas pumps, gas stoves and electricity bills; for that I am very thankful because high energy costs discourage investment, stagnate economic growth and fuel inflation.
As we continue to grapple with the scourge of violence, I submit to you once again my brothers and sisters that we have the power in our hands to be peace makers by rejecting and exposing the peace breakers. I beseech all Bahamians not to cloak, hide and give aid and comfort to law breakers who seek to destroy our fair commonwealth and tarnish our international reputation through selfish and thoughtless acts of violence.
We owe that much too future generations yet unborn.
To those whom much is given, spread a little holiday cheer through giving for it is written, it is better to give than to receive and God loves a cheerful giver. Be mindful of your less fortunate brothers and sisters and cultivate a spirit of generosity.
I entreat you to be ever vigilant and aware of your surroundings and protective of your personal safety and that of your loved ones and neighbours this yuletide season.
On the policy front, much of the ground work has been laid to propel our country forward to stronger, safer and more prosperous future. Our best years are indeed ahead of us so I encourage all Bahamians to remain hopeful and optimistic.
On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, I wish The Bahamas a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
I end where I started my last Christmas message around the general theme of peace.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with you and me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God as our Father, brothers and sisters all are we. Let us all walk with our brothers and sisters in perfect harmony.
May Almighty God bless each and every one of you and bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Happy Safe and Blessed Holidays Bahamas