Cayman’s leaders gathered last week to give thanks, sing hymns and invoke divine blessings for all.
The annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning underscored the need for tolerance.
Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence set the tone for the event in her welcome address. She offered the Biblical analogy of the blind man meeting Jesus Christ to coax all to correct their own faults, which, she noted, would make for a better community.
Governor Duncan Taylor and Grand Court Judge Justice Alexander Henderson provided scriptural readings. Other participants were MLAs Arden McLean and Dwayne Seymour; Pastor Alson Ebanks; Rev. Dave Hazle and Pastor Shian O’Connor.
Premier McKeeva Bush performed two robust hymns while other featured singers were Rudy Myles and school student Jaedyn Hanna.
Guest speaker Deputy Chief Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development Samuel Rose gave a message using the Biblical story of Nehemiah’s commitment to “rebuilding the wall” to urge community members in the Cayman Islands to do their individual bit to tackle collective problems.
He also impressed on the gathering the need to quell the constant bombardment of “noise” to enable divine interaction.
Offering thanks for the event, government minister Rolston Anglin emphasised the efforts of the Legislative Assembly staff, notably Assistant Clerk of the legislature Nana Bothwell, for ensuring a successful prayer breakfast.
The breakfast was held at the Westin Casaurina.