YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has urged Zambians to commemorate Christmas by honouring God through prayer and worship.
The President said yesterday as a Christian nation, Zambia shouldÂ regard the birth of Jesus Christ as a celebration of life and therefore remain prayerful, show love and compassion to others, and share with those in need.
He said this in his message to the nation released to the media through a statement by his special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, on the eve of Christmas Day.
President Lungu advised Zambians to refrain from activities which can put their lives at risk such as drunken driving and excessive alcohol intake but instead find time to be with their families.
â€œDuring this Christmas it is important to be very prayerful and engage in acts of love and compassion for those who are less-privileged. As Christians, we should share our love by giving and sharing what we have with those who do not have. We should feed the hungry and visit the sick and prisoners,â€ he said.
President Lungu said Zambians should try to support the needy and make personal contributions to make the country and the world at large a better place to live in.
â€œLet us all work towards making the world a better place. Let us give to the less-privileged, visit the sick and those in our prisons. Let us engage in acts of compassion generally because this is the example our Messiah left us. This is how we can meaningfully remember the birth of Jesus Christ,â€ he said.
President Lungu said despite challenges the country may be experiencing, there is need to celebrate the blessings bestowed upon the nation and that as a Christian nation, it is important that Zambians lead by example as God demands of all Christians.
He challenged leaders across various facets of life to serve humanity and use Christmas as an opportunity to renew their commitment to God, family and the country at large.
â€œIt is now my earnest prayer that I send this message out to the nation believing that God will excuse our actions that contain error, and forgive our human imperfection. Let us all take this opportunity to make a new beginning and thank God. He saw us through a difficult year, particularly with regard to the contests of the August 11 general elections,â€ President Lungu said.
YANDE SYAMPEYO, Lusaka