In the First book of Kings, in the third chapter, we learn of wise King Solomon who prayed to God for the wisdom to lead his people. The Scripture quotes Solomon asking God: “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Now more than ever our political and religious leaders need a discerning heart.
Leaders also need good disposition and of course common sense so that as one Belizean family, we can work together to banish poverty, banish fear, ignorance and focus all our efforts to building a nation of people who are committed to social, economic and environmental justice.
In the midst of these troubling times, it is so easy to forget the significance of caring for each other, but we must not give in to the fear that accompanies these worrying days. Instead, let us use the occasion of our Independence celebrations to give thanks to our Creator who has blessed us with this beautiful and bountiful land.
Let us use today’s ecumenical service to honour our Creator, but to understand also that we must do so, not just at this time but all the time, and, not just in our thoughts and prayers but in our actions too – beginning with gratitude, kindness and compassion.
For through the good times and the challenging ones we are one Belizean Family who should and must hold through to all those things said to be good — the beatitudes.
Let us also keep in our hearts and minds that greatest commandment which calls on each of us to love God and to love one another as we love ourselves.
This is my hope and my prayer as we celebrate and give thanks for our nation.