Bracing against the turmoils of natural
and manmade disasters raging havoc throughout the world, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has urged Liberians of all walks of life to evoke God’s blessings on our country as prepare to celebrate its 165th Independence Day.
“As we celebrate our ninth year of post-conflict peace; indeed, it’s time to thank God. Every person, particularly officials of government, whether by legislation, for their prosperity, for their promotion, should be here to join in praising God for His blessings,” she said Sunday at Bethel Cathedral of Hope during Thanksgiving and Intercessory Worship Service In Observance of Liberia’s 165th Independence Anniversary.
The President said: “It’s also time to pray, as climate change disrupts productive systems, leading to high commodity prices and food insecurity; we need to pray for God’s grace.
“As the turmoil in places like Syria, and north Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, we need to pray for God’s grace.”
She reminded Liberians, “closer to home, disturbances around our borders, we need to pray for God’s grace. As there’s an attempt to roll back the progress of democracy, so well won over many years of struggle, we need to pray for God’s grace.”
“When our young students, pursuing knowledge, pursuing an education, resort to violence as a means of expressing their democratic right, we do need to pray for God’s grace,” President Sirleaf pointed out, adding: “When a twelve-year-old has a child, being defiled – and there are so many other young girls facing that – let’s pray for God’s grace.”
She thanked the Christian community for what they have done in holding the nation up in prayers, saying, “Today, we go forward; each of us, as Pastor Karpeh has called, for more intensive efforts at reconciliation.”
But she noted: “We cannot legislate love. We cannot legislate good relationships. It has to come from each and everyone’s own heart. We have to feel it to believe in it.
“And so the only thing is to pray for God’s grace, that He will touch each and every one of our hearts as you try to live by His call and reconcile our nation.”