Today we celebrate one of the most joyous times of the year, the holy birth of the Lord Jesus.
As I offer our nation a blessed and Merry Christmas, I remind everyone that the season is more than just the festive lights, gifts, food and pageantry which we all enjoy.
Christmas reminds us of God’s promise to always be with us, always guide us and always love us by giving His Son to us on this blessed day.
Christmas is filled with inspiration and enrichment which can guide us all despite our faiths.
We are reminded that even though Joseph and Mary could not find a room at an inn, they were graced with the humble manger which was visited by shepherds and the three Wise Men.
We must find comfort, that despite how turbulent times can be, despite how uncertain events can seem, God will always make a way for His children to fulfil their purpose.
Christmas at every angle offers us hope and enlightenment which we so need as a nation right now. Just as an Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph warning of Herod’s threat to baby Jesus, so too, we as a nation must find hope that whatever dangers, whatever threats face us, persistent prayer and faith in the Lord will lead us to safety.
For me, the most important element of Christmas is kindness. Kindness has been the foundation of the Christmas story.
Over my many years as a Member of Parliament, I have often looked forward to Christmas as my team and I have engaged in a week-long distribution of toys, gifts and relief for those in need as I have done this week.
Kindness, compassion and service to the people were defining drivers of the Government I led, and remain at the core of the UNC’s philosophy.
Today, the hardship and pain of many of our citizens are evident, with devastating stories being reported in the media. What is needed is for the Government to step up and do its job of protecting and providing for its citizens.
I find it unfortunate, disappointing and contradictory to the spirit of the Christmas season that those in authority have abandoned so many at this time of rising cost of living and out of control crime.
Christmas must be a renewal for us all. I call on those in authority to stand up and serve our citizens.
I urge all of you as well to look out for each other this Christmas season. Even if you cannot give financially, a kind word or a helping hand may be what is needed and welcomed.
I warmly wish you and your families a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas 2022.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
25th December, 2022