The country is only days away from celebrating as a Christian community – the birth of the Christ child.
Most Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest spiritual leader of all times.
It is estimated that every year more than 400 million people around the world celebrate Christmas thus making the event one of the world’s biggest religious and commercial festivities of all times.
However, there are those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ and the Lord Saviour while others continue to dispute the exact date of the birth of the one who we choose to call “our saviour”.
Regardless of the arguments, the vast majority of people in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique see Christmas as a sacred religious holiday and the business people in particular look to the season as a major commercial phenomenon.
The world is going through one of the greatest depressions in the last seventy to eighty years leaving many to liken these days to the great depression of the 1930’s in North America and the Caribbean.
As a people, we observe our Christmas in traditional style – exchanging gifts, decorating our home whether with new curtains and Christmas trees, as well as attending traditional church services, and sharing meals with family, friends and loved ones.
As we celebrate Christmas, let us be reminded of the words spoken by angels who brought “tidings of great joy”.
It is the sharing and giving of whatever gifts we can give to each other that makes us a special people regardless of one’s status in life.
This single most aspect of the Christmas tradition should be more and more adapted and exhibited in our daily lives for all times and especially in the new year that is fast approaching.
Grenada is soon to enter what many refer to the silly season when the country can become easily divided by politicians looking to hold onto power and others trying to get into office with all kinds of promises.
It is not uncommon for our people to become pawns in the games being played by politicians.
Our religious leaders should spare no efforts in helping to reinforce the Christian values in our people – to always continue to love thy neighbour regardless of whatever happens.
Politicians will always come and go but the country will always remain.
As a matter of fact, there should be no serious politicking at this time of the year. Our political leaders must put aside their quest for power and allow the Christ child to take possession of all of Grenada at this time of the year. Our country needs a spiritual cleansing.
THE NEW TODAY would also like to make a special appeal to our Church leaders who will take centre stage at this time of the year to prayer especially for our young minds in light of many worrying trends in our schools.
There is simple too many violence in our schools. The situation needs to be arrested before it gets out of total control.
This newspaper cannot offer any single solution to the problems in our schools since the issue is a reflection of a deeper problem in the wider society where parents are found to be badly lacking in taking charge of their own homes.
It is virtually impossible for some parents to discipline their own children when the very said parents are themselves lacking in discipline, good manners and courtesy.
This problem we now face throughout the nation reminds us of the prophetic words spoken by Jesus Christ as he hung from the cross: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Not only the delinquent parents but the entire society is guilty for not doing enough to help grow up our children in the right and proper manner.
God will always help those who are seen to want to help themselves. This applies to the entire nation and our children.
Look at it this way: Christ was a Divine person and had the power and authority to avoid the brutality of the cross. He could have stopped the torture that He endured but he choose not in order for the Good Book to be fulfilled.
The Bible testifies that for all they did to Him on the Cross and elsewhere, Jesus Christ did not “give up” until He deemed it was time to do so. This is something that we need to be constantly reminded of as a nation.
As we go deeper and further into the Christmas and holiday period, please be always reminded that God is always in command.