Tessanne's star lights up our Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013    

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JESUS the Christ, how often can it be said, is the reason for Christmas. Jamaicans, along with millions of Christians across the globe, are celebrating the symbols of peace, hope and goodwill to all mankind that the Saviour brought and still represents in his birth.

During this Yuletide season, we will strive to be the best we can be, caring, sharing and loving each other, if only for this one time in the year, and yearning to be more of our gentler, kinder selves going forward into the coming year.

At this time, as we reflect on the goodness of God, we will also remember that for many of us looking on at the less fortunate among us, there, but for the grace of God, go I. To whom much is given, much is expected. Our prayers of thanksgiving will mean nothing if we are not moved to reach out to our fellowman in need.

Those who read the Scriptures will recall that when asked how people could best serve Him, Christ said without hesitation: "The least that you do unto one of these my brethren, you do it unto me." It is about faith that is alive and meaningful.

Now is also an appropriate time to give thanks for the mercies, small and large, which we have been blessed to receive this year, both as individuals and as a nation. We give thanks for health, strength and family. Many of us are fortunate to be able to spend the Christmas with relatives and loved ones who are visiting from distant lands. That, too, is a great blessing.

As a Jamaican nation, we have had highs and lows during 2013. One of our best moments, in our view, was the ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in favour of our own Miss Shanique Myrie who displayed the courage typical of strong Jamaican women to fight her case of finger-rape by immigration authorities in Barbados. In that single historic act, that CCJ ruling has in it the potential to bring regional people together, through greater freedom of movement in the Caribbean Community.

Readers will indulge us, we are sure, if we once again acknowledge the part played by our Crime/Court Editor Karyl Walker, who broke the Shanique Myrie story and stayed with it over the years till the ruling earlier this year.

Secondly, this Christmas will be enormously special for us as a country basking in the glory of our Miss Tessanne Chin, who spectacularly reminded us of the greatness of our small island nation by winning Season Five of NBC's The Voice talent show in Los Angeles, California. We thank God for her, her talent, her humility, her courage and for representing all of us with class, poise and intelligence.

Miss Chin's sojourn on The Voice also afforded us the opportunity to come together as Jamaicans, demonstrating that we do not have to wait until there is a disaster to find our commonality in acting together to achieve great pride for our people here and in the diaspora.

We wish all Jamaicans everywhere, and our readers, advertisers, employees and friends a spectacular Christmas, one filled with the goodness of Christ and the hope of better things to come.





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