Dear friends – yet again, and once more we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We grew up in a Cayman that worshipped the birth with reverence. Many of our people enjoyed it in the ways that were satisfying to them – even though they had very little. In today’s Christmas season, we remember the birth of Jesus – so that we may share in the songs the angels sang. So that we may share in the gladness of the shepherds – and so that we might share in the wisdom of the Wise Men.
While we can celebrate his birth, we can do so joyfully – as it cost us nothing to worship him!
Let us, in that spirit, be unified as a community resolved to do right. Let us resolve to be a friend – each to the other.
Let us recognize that we are all different, yet a child of God.
That I am not perfect, that you are not perfect. But that our islands can be the best in this evil world, for us, and our families to live and move and have our being.
No doubt, there are hardships that we endure – there are far too many in need. There is too much hurt. But, is there a place I’d rather be? No, my friend, Beloved Isle Cayman, is still a blessed country.
So in this Christmas season and spirit – with all the beauty it brings of dressed trees and wonderful colored arrangements of lights and lovely ornaments – let us close the door of bitterness, envy and jealousy. Let us be a real friend, to give without any agenda but because we really care for others.
Let us open the door of love and patience, and giving and caring. God sent his son because he loves us – none more than the other – nonetheless, and all of us together, no matter who we are, or our social standing here, no matter where we come from.
I wish for you and your family a Happy Christmas – realizing that we could be much worse off.
Praying as we celebrate, that better will come in the year ahead.
Personally, I ask God to help me to prosper my steps, so that I can give more to those who draw nigh to me.
Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.