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By Paul Scavella, president, South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
The 44th anniversary of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas sits atop mounting evidence that we have proven ourselves worthy of the independence which our forefathers fought so acidulously for. The theme chosen for this year’s celebration, toward the rising sun: One God, One People, One Bahamas portrays a hopeful future if in fact we can achieve this projected vision in totality.
This theme mirrors the prayer Christ had for His disciples as he was about to leave earth. St. John 17:20-21 records, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
There is however one slight difference; Christ recognizes that the declaration of One God is already a reality while the other manifestations of unity is a projected hope. In fact, one-third of our theme is already accomplished and acknowledgment of this fact will empower us to achieve personal and national unity. There is so much latent power in genuinely embracing the unity of the Trinity. When an individual recognizes that the celebrated Savior, for some highlighted at Christmas and Easter, is one with the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin and one with the mighty force of creation and redemption then we are driven to consider our role in fostering the spirit of love grace and majesty gifted to human beings by the united God.
If there was ever a time as a people we needed to foster this unity; that time is now. The reality is that the gift of independence calls for us to be interdependent, for no man is an island, no man stands alone. Each one is my brother and sister. We need one another, more than ever before. It is my prayer that as Bahamians the sentiments of Christ will prevail in each heart and the biblical value of unity will be more than a word or concept but indeed a reality.
When the vision of One People is achieved then One Bahamas will be inevitable. With great anticipation and profound confidence in my people I boldly share the vision, One God, One People, One Bahamas. Happy Independence to one and all and may our God truly be proud of our nation.
Pastor Paul Scavella, President
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