Christmas Message 2022: Hon. Asot Michael, St Peter MP

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December 25th, 2022

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah Chapter 9 verse 6

My Dear Constituents of St Peters… My Beloved Antiguans and Barbudans, at home and abroad, I take this opportunity to extend to each of you, best wishes for the Season.

It is also my sincere wish that everyone of you will have a happy, healthy, productive
and most prosperous New Year.

This Christmas, as we reflect on the struggles of 2022 and as we cultivate our hopes for 2023, we should give thanks and praise to His Lord for the many blessings of growth that have been afforded us over the course of the last year.

I am sure that for many of us it is a period of mixed feelings, as we reflect on the many challenges over the past two years, some of us are also mourning the loss of loved ones, jobs, possibly even our homes as a result of the COVID pandemic.

No one was spared the pain and challenges of this unforeseen pandemic, and though this season might bring bittersweet memories, we are made in the image and likeness of our lord, who grant us strength to overcome and persevere with our many challenges.

My family and I are also mourning the loss of a loved one, our beloved mother.

Yet, I am grateful for those family members that I am still able to hug this Christmas, for the people of this country, for health, for life itself, and for the indescribable sense of joy that I feel every time I am able to help someone.

It is this joy that gives strength and perseverance that keeps us moving forward in the face of difficulties, and while the business of the season can easily carry us away and cause us to be overwhelmed, by the house that still needs to be cleaned, the gifts that still need to be wrapped, and the meals that still need to be prepped.

We must all take a moment to appreciate and give thank for each other, spend quality time with our loved ones and express gratitude for the blessings that we do have.

This year, as we celebrate our cherished Yuletide Season, we cannot escape the knowledge that we are in the midst of an election campaign.

I pray that our traditional seasons of comradeship and fellowship is not overshadowed by the divisive nature of an election campaign.

We, as Christians, must not let our hearts be troubled by any unnecessary distraction.

We must at all times hold dear our celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his spirit we shall prosper and triumph over all and any evil.

Nothing should discourage us from rejoicing in our Christian faith. It is by the forces of love, peace and togetherness that we as a people will at all times be guided to do the right for our God and our Country.

And so, the New Year must be about choices that help to cultivate a passionate national commitment to love, peace, truth, justice, mercy, forgiveness and self- sacrifice – the values gifted to us in the birth of Jesus Christ.

With this in mind, and a renewed sense of duty to self and country, we push on in faith. So, on behalf of the Michael family and on my personal behalf, I take this opportunity to wish all my fellow Antiguans and Barbudans and in particular my dearly beloved constituents of St Peter, a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2023.

God bless you. God bless Antigua and Barbuda.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Wow wow wow wow greetings to you and your family and the people of St Peter’s your Constituents what I would like to find out from you that my mind can be satisfied from your comment I remember that during a debate the Prime Minister made some derogatory statement about you including the incident with Peter Verdi However is the same man that he accused you according to him will be building a hotel on the sister Island of Barbuda I find it to be ironic here you have an Investor who joined with a member of the cabinet and embarrassed the country My Question to you you have knowledge where GB get his Riches from at what point are you going to tell the Nation Of Antigua I remember the donation of$800000 that was given to him for the wife charity that famous private jet flight that afternoon he said it you were present You didn’t get any

  2. Asot, spoken like a true leader. It is a pity you were not given an opportunity to raise your ALP concerns in the party which your father and family helped to build, although you all were not enslaved Africans, seeking to redeem and redirect yourselves.
    You are still reviled for choosing to give Antigua a young leader of the ALP, (regrettably now) which meant your denying Lester Bird your sorrogate Dad by persuading Barbuda people to support Gaston against Lester for leader.
    Gaston has shown both you and Barbuda that he does not care a bit for any of you now you have installed him. Barbuda people are deracinated imbeciles and you are fraudulent according to Gaston.
    I hope the people of St.Peters do not treat you like Gaston, take all you and your family money and still vote the Gaston way. After all St. Peter’s has loyalty over all the years in sticking with their man be it Uncle Joe, or Asot. Yes nothing wrong with the kind of personal politics which Uncle Joe and you have maintained with your constituents.
    God love you Asot and fear not, Gaston has been weighed in the balance and found wanting!

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