Sisters and Brothers of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique:
At this very special time of the year, I bring you greetings from my colleagues in the National Democratic Congress, my family and on my personal behalf.
There is always an expectation of good tidings at Christmas. Whatever the season means to each of us, it is my desire that we will all find it joyful and fulfilling as we remember the hope that Christmas represents.
The messages of love, self-sacrifice, sharing, prudence and constant prayer, need to characterise all our lives, as together, we work to build a better Grenada.
As a country, we must strengthen our determination to carefully and prudently navigate these difficult economic waters that we find ourselves in. We must work together to inspire hope and help change the things we can. We must make a thoughtful contribution to turning around our circumstances while celebrating each victory.
While there are many challenges ahead for us individually and collectively, there is nothing that compares to the resilience and strength of each and every citizen of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, at home or in the Diaspora. Fortunately, we have God and our experiences on our side to help chart this difficult course.
Despite our many challenges, we must be mindful that there is still an opportunity to be neighbourly, kind and caring each day of the year, but especially at the Christmas season.
The atmosphere of goodwill, peace and caring that permeates this time of the year is always comforting and joyous. As we reflect on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, his example and messages must inspire us to be good examples to others, especially our young people.
As we celebrate this season, I encourage you to spend quality time with your family and those who are dear to you. Share with those who are less fortunate including the shut-ins, the elderly and the vulnerable. Stop to appreciate those who have made a meaningful contribution to your own development and success. Live life one day at a time.
Let us all find creative ways to celebrate the birth of Christ amid the difficulties that characterise our world. Use the traditions of our past as stepping stones to create a new and brighter future for ourselves, our children and for generations to come.
Let us all resolve to become more patriotic and united as we strive to build a better nation; a nation that will serve the needs of all, and lay the foundation for a sustainable and prosperous future.
In closing I take this opportunity to wish us all peace on earth and goodwill to men.
May you enjoy a Merry Christmas and God’s blessings for a successful and prosperous 2016.