President: Christmas is a celebration of light at the darkest time of the year

President: Christmas is a celebration of light at the darkest time of the year

“2020 has proven, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry—and this year plans didn’t just go awry, they ran off the road completely.”

So said President Paula Mae Weekes.

In her Christmas Day message to the nation, she said “I am sure that as we rolled into 2020 many of us had grand plans for this season, probably family gatherings at home and abroad, journeys to Paramin, office parties, school bazaars, and other festive events to mark the season and ring in the New Year. But, as 2020 has proven, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry—and this year plans didn’t just go awry, they ran off the road completely.

“Christmas celebrations have been added to the many traditions and events that have had to be modified, curtailed or altogether scrapped as a result of the coronavirus. This year, no church will be ram cram for midnight mass, any house you parang would be the wrong house, and given that many are cash-strapped, we may well come to understand finally the true expression of the adage “it is the thought that counts.”

She said “It would be easy to lose sight of the universal lessons of Christmas as the tsunami of bad experiences that swamped us during this year may obscure the significance of the season. But Christians can use this holy and contemplative period to ponder where in all of this is the Christ-child, and if the answer is not readily apparent, we, like the wise men, must look for Him, seek Him out. One of the fundamental messages of Christmas is to be found in the gospel of John, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’ Christmas is a celebration of light at the darkest time of the year and darkness often serves to make stars shine brighter.

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