by Editorial | Dec 25,2011 | 21:14
It is once again Christmas and, soon, we will step into a new year, an occasion to count one’s blessings and be grateful for many things.
The Christmas message is to bring peace to the world, but while this ultimate goal remains elusive, there are still many things to celebrate.
The joy of being with one’s family, sharing a meal and exchanging gifts, of wishing good things to loved ones is also part of the Christmas spirit.
Those who are healthy have a lot to be thankful for. Those who are ill can hope that their prayers will be answered.
This is also a time to remember and help the needy, in the same spirit of sharing that characterises this day.
Above all, it should be an occasion to remember Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, to remind the world of the fact that this holy city is still suffering under decades-old Israeli occupation, like the rest of Palestine.
Besides praying, the world should do something concrete to free the Palestinian people from the shackles of a cruel occupation, so that they may join the rest of the nations in living a normal life.
Jordanians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, share this joyous occasion with the Christian community. Coexistence has been Jordan’s hallmark since its foundation, earning it, in part, the attribute of safe haven. The Christians of Jordan have contributed, alongside their Muslim countrymen a great deal to the development and progress of the country.
Together, Muslims and Christians worked to build Jordan, making it what it is today.
The Christians’ joys and prayers on this day are the entire nation’s.
May this festive season and the new year bring all of us peace, justice and progress!
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