A message of hope

Christmas Message 2014 of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Following is the Christmas Message 2014 of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.


Fellow Barbadians,

Once again we join with Christians across the world to pause and reflect on the miracle that occurred in the manger at Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, when a little known virgin gave birth to a baby boy, Jesus Christ. That miracle has changed the course of human history for all time.

The coming of Christ into the world, with the message of peace on earth and goodwill towards men, symbolized the bringing of hope to a world desperately in need of it. The birth of Christ had been prophesied long before it actually happened. Wise men, we are told, gladly followed a star which they had seen in the east and brought their gifts to Him who had been born King of the Jews.

King Herod was not amused by the news of the coming of Christ as King or by the fact that the world would now benefit from the hope of which His birth was so powerful a symbol. He sought, therefore, to end the life of the young child and, in his zeal to do so, ordered that all male children under the age of two years should be put to death.

So, Herod, in his time, tried to remove the child whose birth ushered in and embodied hope for the world. Herod died about 2,000 years ago but his moral and spiritual descendants have steadfastly carried on his work down through the ages, and have tried to extinguish the flame of human hope wherever it has existed. Our time and our place are no exception.

My simple message to Barbadians this Christmas is that the passing of time has not lessened the importance of the event which took place in that manger at Bethlehem two thousand years ago. The hope which the birth of Christ brought to the world is still available to sustain us as we confront the many challenges of life from day to day.

King Herod did not succeed in destroying that hope although he caused much damage to innocent children in trying to do so.

Those in our day who are possessed of the spirit of Herod, and for whom the existence of hope is a challenge to the kind of order which they would prefer to create, must not be allowed to succeed either.

So, this Christmas, as you exchange your gifts, both material and spiritual, with friends and loved ones; as you spend quality time with your family and with those for whom you care; as you indulge in your chosen forms of recreation, reflect on the fact that central to that event in the manger at Bethlehem during the reign of Herod the King, was the kindling of that flame of hope, which lightened the darkness of generations of people down through the ages; and reflect on the duty you owe to yourselves and to generations to come, not to let that flame of hope ever flicker to extinction.

After all, it is hope and the inspiration it begets that has helped us over the years to meet and to surmount life’s many obstacles, and to create the Barbados we now have, and of which we are so proud; and it is hope that will endue us with the determination to meet current and future challenges!

Christmas teaches us that hope will win in the end!

I should like on behalf of the Cabinet of Barbados and on behalf of my own family to wish all of you at home and abroad a blessed Christmas and a healthy, happy and bountiful New Year.

11 Responses to A message of hope

  1. George Smith
    George Smith December 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Amen to that.

  2. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne December 25, 2014 at 10:58 am

    People tried of your lying ways

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    ‘A Message of Hope’ That Heknows is fully a wake before the end of 2014. At least he got something to smile about.

  4. Rommel StHill
    Rommel StHill December 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Its xmas

  5. Tony Waterman December 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    @Maxine Baker!!!! You must have Extra Sensory Perception, so with that said, My Hope is that in the NEW YEAR coming, he WILL show some of this WISDOM that you are alluding to, and let the PHOENIX that this Government is FLY Again.

  6. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson December 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    No one no what the future holds

  7. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins December 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Be gone PM.

  8. Cornelius Drogo
    Cornelius Drogo December 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I hope that elections come back around fast……

  9. K Tremaine Gilkes
    K Tremaine Gilkes December 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    A message of hope would actually be his resignation.

  10. arther lashley December 26, 2014 at 7:53 am

    And Ho HO HO,I am Father Christmas.
    Why you didn’t utilise that; another “fairy tale”
    Your opinion of us is that we are All gullible primary School children.

    Move Over Jehovah, YOUR time is OVAH .
    Tales to the Children Wont SAVE YUH!!

  11. Pluto Merick December 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hope?….what hope? Bet the 2,000 or so air marked for the breadline won’t agree. MOF has just signaled to look for more gloom and doom soon, with more retrenchment coming BUT,the people must be hopeful. Why not retrench a few of the bald pooch fat cats and tell DEM too about hope. We know for sure that’s not where your hope massage was going. Bajans, hope n nope more do….that you too may be in for a pension after 8 years of lazing around…..HOPE more Do !


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