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Premier's Christmas Message

Premier, the Hon. McKeeva Bush

Please, share your time, donate money, or provide a festive meal for a family in need.

—Premier, the Hon. McKeeva Bush

Premier and Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

The Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP

Christmas Message 2009

My fellow Caymanians, our guest workers, and those visitors to our warm and beautiful Islands: it is indeed a great pleasure to bring Season's Greetings, at this most joyous time of the year.

I am indeed humbled when I reflect on the many blessings that God has bestowed on us all, and - personally speaking - on my own family.

As believers know, our Lord Jesus Christ came to us through miraculous and divine birth by the Virgin Mary.

From that time until today, the Year of Our Lord 2009, He demonstrated, in person and in writings, how to live an exemplary life; a life which everyone should strive to emulate.

Lest we forget, I will mention the Biblical scripture: "The LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God."

The earthly life that Jesus endured, the Faith He promoted, and the Grace He still offers, all serve to assure us of the promise of personal salvation.

The Good Book also assures us of harmony and of the possibility of a good life upon Earth - if we so choose, individually and collectively.

During this Season of Seasons, the beauty of life, and also its harsh realities, are remembered as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and the true meaning of Christmas.

Personally, as this is my first Christmas to greet the country as Premier, I am humbled at the confidence that you, the people of this country, have placed in me.

But who am I, but a fallible, mortal man?

As leader, I know full well the challenges we have faced over the past year. Some people have suffered losses in the workplace; others have felt the harsh blow of the global economic crisis; and, most regrettable, many children and young people feel displaced and unloved.

Yes, even here on our small islands, there are people who are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

In all this, God has continued to be merciful and ever-present in our lives, and in the affairs of our country. Furthermore, He has granted to some of us the strength and ability to help others in need.

Therefore, for those of us who are more fortunate, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to assist however we can.

So, find a friend. Please, share your time, donate money, or provide a festive meal for a family in need.

One of my favourite songs expresses an important message:

"No man is an island, no man stands alone

Each man's joy is joy to me

Each man's grief is my own

We need one another, so I will defend

Each man as my brother

Each man as my friend."

As we go about our customary Christmas duties of buying gifts, decorating trees and preparing elaborate meals, let us each pursue and appreciate the beauty of this holiday, and the love of family and friends.

Let us consider the 'Reason for the Season', this Season of Seasons, and seek out less-fortunate neighbours and find ways to uplift our community and our country.

Most importantly, let us stay safe and commit to spreading the gifts of love and unity this Christmas, as we strive to live, grow and prosper together.

This is my advice: Find a new friend; and, be a new friend...this is my theme for Christmas.

May the Good Lord bless you this Christmas, and may you have a joyous holiday time with your families, and may He give us health and strength for the year ahead.

God Bless.