New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Christmas Must Reconcile Liberians

In order to attain lasting peace and genuine reconciliation in Liberia, the President of the Liberian Council of Churches, Rt. Rev. Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart has urged Liberians to use the festive Christmas season to unite.

In a press release issued Sunday, the LCC's president called on the nation to use the joyful Christmas period as a reminder for national unity and genuine peace and reconciliation in the rebuilding of the nation's post-war era.

"As a nation, Christmas should remind us about forgiveness which precedes reconciliation on every count. We are called to the acknowledgement that the only means for the sustenance of the continued Peace that reigns in Liberia today is reconciliation" LCC press statement emphasized.

"Reconciliation may seem far-fetched to us as a Nation but as we ponder during this Christmas about what God has done for us by giving us His Son and the message to us in Matthew 6:12 "Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors" we become more blessed and His Spirit will teach us to understand what our minds cannot comprehend. "No Reconciliation without Forgiveness and No Peace without Reconciliation" the released added.

LCC also admonished parents, guardians; care-givers and families to show love to their children.

"We also admonish parents and guardians to teach their children about the true meaning of Christmas and not just to allow the children to be out alone seeking fun without protection or guidance during this celebratory season. Let us create an environment safe and good for the best interest of our Children.

"Let us therefore celebrate Christmas in the Spirit of Reconciliation, forgiving ourselves and all others, in unity with love, sacrificing for each other and sharing Peace with everyone for the Lord our God has shown Mercy to us."

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