NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM REV. DR. ABRAHAM NANA OPARE KWAKYE, MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA
Peace be unto you all…
As we stand on the threshold of a New Year, I am honored to reach you with a New Year message on behalf of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. Our journey together as a nation, Ghana, has been marked by resilience in times of great challenge, faith in times of helplessness, and a commitment to our shared values in times of great moral challenge. And despite all these, we have made it through the past year. As we step into the year 2024, I wish all and sundry a Happy New Year.
It is important that we continue in this resilience, faith, and pursuit of our shared values in the New Year. Let us inch up our advocacy for these and also for peace in our homes and society. The Bible calls people of faith as, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18) This is particularly important because the bedrock of any thriving community is the peace that resides within its borders. It is therefore, imperative that we actively promote peace in our homes and extend that spirit of unity to the broader society. Indeed, our faith calls us to be peacemakers, fostering harmony and understanding among individuals and communities. Let us, in the coming year, be ambassadors of reconciliation, healing the wounds that divide us, and working towards a more peaceful and just society.
As we embark on the journey of 2024, we cannot overlook the significance of the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The decisions made during this time will shape the trajectory of our nation. I implore all of us to engage thoughtfully and constructively in the issues of common interest for our general benefit before, during, and after the electoral processes. Let us approach political discourse with a spirit of discernment, seeking truth and justice toward the peaceful society we cherish and so desire. May our actions and words be guided by the principles of our faith, and may we contribute to an electoral process that reflects the values we hold dear.
On this note, we call upon the Electoral Commission, Political Parties, Civil Society Organisations, the Security Services, Media, the Church and the general citizenry to collectively ensure that we have free, fair, and peaceful elections in 2024. Acts of violence that have been perpetrated in some parts of our nation during past elections must not be allowed to arise anymore. We must all remember that the peace of the nation is paramount in all things. We must continue to build and strengthen the democratic institutions that hold our nation together. There would be no peace when there is no justice and this must not only be seen as done but must indeed, be done.
Beloved, let us manifest love for God, one another, and peace. Remember that love is of God and we are of God in Christ. Amid the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead of us as a nation, let us anchor our hope in the unwavering presence of God. As Christians, we have weathered storms throughout our lives, and we have emerged stronger, guided by the light of God’s grace. As we welcome the New Year, let us trust in His providence and draw strength from His presence. May our faith be a source of inspiration, guiding us through the unknown with the assurance that God walks with us.
I am confident that together, as a united people, we will navigate the complexities of the coming year. May the Presbyterian Church of Ghana continue to be a beacon of light, illuminating the path toward salvation, justice, compassion, and unity in our nation, Ghana.
I wish you all a blessed and prosperous New Year.