Peace and hope run through X’mas messages

Kumasi, � Hymnal, praise and worship songs, filled the air in packed church auditoriums as Christians in

Kumasi, the nation’s second largest city, joined the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas.

Visibly overflowing with joy, they danced their hearts out and waved white handkerchiefs in a show of appreciation to God for his gift of life and other mercies.

Peace, hope and love, were the central themes that run through the Christmas messages by the various priests and pastors.

At the Adum Wesley Cathedral, the Very Reverend Benedict Kofi Annan, has advised the people to overcome religious, ethnic and political divisions.

He asked that they ensured good neighborliness, peacefully co-existed and accepted to work together to uphold our common humanity.

He said that was the way forward to bring progress and to make the society a better place to live for everybody.

The Very Rev Annan encouraged all Ghanaians to take responsibility for the protection of the nation’s peace, saying, Our strength lies in our unity of purpose.

They should eschew vindictiveness and hatred. They should rather mirror Christ-like sublime qualities of love and forgiveness.

He added that the occasion of Christmas presents us the opportunity to come together as one people to do some soul-searching and to make amends where we have fallen short.

Delivering the sermon at the Adum Presbyterian Church, the Rev Dr. Kofi Amfo-Akonnor, the Asante Presbytery Chairperson, reminded Christians to pray fervently for the leadership of the nation to remain focused on the task ahead of them.

Prayer, he said, was the answer to the nation’s development challenges and that without God it would be difficult to make progress.

At the Christian Centre Assemblies of God, the Rev Osei Karikari Annor, called for Christians to lead upright lives to become a good example � positive influence on others in their community.

They should provide the needed leadership to pull the society from the path of self-destruction.

He asked them to be bold to stand up against anything evil and toxic to the health of the society.

He added that they stuck to the true teachings of the Bible.

The Rev Alfred Appiah, Adjunct Pastor of the Grace Baptist Church, Amakom-Kumasi, said Christmas celebration was to show appreciation to God for offering His son as a sacrifice to humanity.

Christians should use the occasion to show generosity and love to the poor and the socially disadvantaged.

He asked that they renewed their faith and worked with passion to reach everybody with the gospel.

Source: Ghana News Agency