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Conference of Churches Christmas Message

“In the beginning was the word and the word was God…and the word became flesh and lived among us.”

Grenadians,  fellow Christians and people of all faiths, Merry Christmas!

In this Holy Season we are once again invited to ponder the great mystery of the incarnation, that is, in Jesus, God became flesh and entered human experience, offering joy, peace, love and hope to a world beset by brokenness and sin.

During the year 2019, we have battled many adversities. They include: social problems, such as child sexual abuse, illness, domestic disputes, personal tragedies, ranging from the death of loved ones to loss of homes resulting from fires, and, industrial disputes which, in some cases are yet to be resolved.

Despite these challenges other positive moments have kept the optimist Grenadian spirit buoyant, namely, the achievement at the World Athletic Championship in Doha, Qatar by our young son of the soil, Anderson Peters who won Gold in the Men’s Javelin. We have also been spared possible destruction by hurricanes and saved from the inconvenience and discomfort of possible drought and floods.

Though these experiences we are reminded that we do not have a distant God but one who identifies with humanity in our joys, sorrow, hopes, disappointments and fears, and that is the essence of the incarnation. That in Jesus becoming flesh we saw God at work.

Therefore as we celebrate Christmas, let us find renewed hope in God’s incarnate presence, proclaimed beautifully in John 1: 14, “and the world became flesh and lived among us.”

Indeed, the Good News of Christmas is that God clothed himself in flesh, and came to transform human brokenness and sin into holistic and abundant living.

Many people celebrate this event in different ways, some put emphasis on decorations, others on parties, others on shopping and yet others on cleaning and replacing old items within the home.

As Christians, whatever we do to celebrate this festive season, let us remember and focus on its true meaning and purpose: the gift of Christ Jesus, who is at present in our world working to restore a broken people and make us whole again.

As Christians and co-workers in building God’s Kingdom of hope, love, justice and peace we are called to represent “the enfleshed God” to all, especially those in the margins of society.

In this regard, I wish to highlight the words of Doreen Potter who in one of her songs posed this thought provoking question; “Jesus where can we find you in our world today? Jesus where can we find you “incarnate word” today? The answer!

“Look at your brother beside you, look at your sister beside you, look! Listen! Care!”

People of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, as we engage in all the festivities of the season, let us find hope in the assurance that “God is with us.” As we do so, may we discover anew this miracle which has always been ours, so we can share it with others.

As we fellowship and exchange gifts among our family, friends, co-workers and even among people we do not know very well, let us also remember and be thankful to God for the gift of His Dear Son whose birth we celebrate.

The Conference of Churches, Grenada extends best wishes to everyone for continued blessing, a joyous Christmas and Blessed Hope for a brighter future.

God Bless.

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