PRESIDENT Michael Sata has urged Zambia to show appreciation to God and celebrate with thanksgiving, reconciliation, good deeds, love and compassion for one another.
Mr Sata said this year’s Christmas was momentous as it was leading to the commemoration of Zambia’s golden jubilee next year.
He said everyone should reflect deeply on the country’s achievements so far and keep on praying for God’s favour and guidance in the years to come.
“We all know that biblically, the 50th year is a year of restitution, therefore, it my sincere prayer that as we gravitate towards the golden jubilee, we must show appreciation to God and celebrate with thanksgiving, reconciliation, good deeds, love and compassion for one another,” President Sata said.
He said this during a Christmas thanksgiving church service at State House yesterday attended by various church denominations and senior citizens.
The event was characterised by singing and dancing from different choirs and musicians.
Mr Sata said Zambians should always remember that it was God’s divine intervention that had made it possible for the country to continue enjoying peace and stability since independence.
He commended the important role the Church had always undertaken in praying and interceding for peace and unity in the nation.
“Our Christian faith reminds us that God chooses the poor and those whose lives are not secure in order to save the world.
“Therefore, in honour of this season of jubilee Christmas, thanksgiving and encouragement, I am urging all Zambians to exhibit love, care and compassion for one another, especially for the vulnerable or less privileged in our society,” he said.
He urged the Zambians to draw their inspiration from the life and deeds of Jesus Christ by extending goodwill and love to the needy.
“As Christians, we must accept the unique aspect of our vocation to care for the less privileged; it is both our treasure and service to the world,” he said.
President Sata also recognised the role the senior citizens had played in the life of the nation.
He prayed that young people would emulate the passion, loyalty and selflessness in the country’s endeavour for national development as it required another generation with similar virtues for prosperity to be guaranteed.
He appealed to everyone to celebrate Christmas responsibly to
minimise fatalities and human sufferings during the festive period.
Independent Churches of Zambia president David Masupa said the church had a moral obligation to support President Sata when celebrating national events such as golden jubilee.
Reverend Masupa said the Church would be failing in its biblical obligations by not supporting the President in showing compassion to senior citizens who had contributed a lot to Zambia’s development.
The First Family took time to present gifts to the senior citizens who included former UNIP secretary general Grey Zulu.
Mr Zulu said he was happy that he had managed to reach the golden jubilee for Zambia and urged Zambians to continue living in unity.