by Loshaun Dixon
Basseterre, St. Kitts-Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris delivered a message of hope and peace for young people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
in a Christmas address to the nation, Dr. Harris urged church and faith leaders, to come together, inspire and work in unity to support young people in making better choices in life.
“It is imperative that we choose life over death, love over hate, hope over despair, and courage over fear,” Dr. Harris said. “We can choose to shine a light in the darkness and carve a future of which our young people can be truly proud. We can and must create a legacy that is sustainable for the future.”
He added that this form of working partnership need not be among similar group but rather “it can be multi-disciplinary, bringing together a range of organisations with many voices all looking to achieve the common aims of peace and prosperity across St Kitts and Nevis.”
The Prime Minister reminded that peace provides an optimal medium from which prosperity can grow.
“Like farmers, we have to tend and nourish the land so that the community can bring forth new shoots of growth. The sapling tree through careful husbandry, will grow into a strong and sturdy tree, with firm roots created by a resilient family network, and the ability to have the flexibility of withstanding all weathers of life, including the ravages of storm,” he said.
The Minister of National Security also highlighted his wish to see young people grow into strong, purposeful, flexible and accommodating of life placing a high value on human life.
“Just as God made humankind in his image, so must we elevate our young people to the values that help them to appreciate the beauty and dignity of humanity; and the great tragedy when a young life is cut down before its natural end,” he declared.
Even when here is disagreements the Prime Minister urged to not lose respect and regard for each other.
“As we go forward during this season of goodwill, let us genuinely seek to share our good wishes, not just for Christmas but throughout 2017.Let this approaching year be one of peace, prosperity, and above all, unity. Ever mindful of the words of Psalm133 “behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” he said.