Christmas Address 2006

His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool, D.A.H.

Fellow citizens of Dominica, Christmas is and has always been an extraordinary time for sharing and giving. I t is also a time for peace, love and goodwill among human kind. It is the season for celebration and renewal. A time for us to forget those things that have divided us during the course of the year and to celebrate the experiences that bind us together as a nation.

Christmas reminds us that the grandest purposes of God can be found in the humblest places, and it gives us hope that all the love and gifts that come to us in this life are the signs and symbols of an even greater love and gift that came on a holy night many years ago.

Let us therefore remember what we are celebrating, and consequently do all we can to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The example of the Christ child should never be forgotten and should be our guide in our deeds and actions. Sacrifice and unconditional love for one another must at all times inspire us to lead lives of compassion, mercy and justice.

During this season please spare a thought for those who are disadvantaged and in need, and also share with them in some tangible and meaningful way the warmth and joy of Christmas. Show them the generosity, the kindness of heart, the mercy, the care and love that is consistent with the message of the Christ Child. Feed the hungry, visit the sick and bring them comfort. The aged and the elderly should also be remembered. Help them reminisce about Christmases of the past and assist them to find joy in the Christmas that we now celebrate.

It is also important for us to reflect on our good fortune and be thankful for the fact that our lives have been spared and our island saved this year from the ravages of any major disasters and human calamity. As we approach a new year we must pray that our Almighty Father will continue to keep His watchful eye over our nature island and protect all its citizens from harm and misfortune.

Mrs. Liverpool joins me in wishing everyone, at this time of celebration that is so meaningful to our lives, a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Productive New Year.

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