LONDON — Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen says the Royal wedding should be an inspiration to young people to uphold positive values in family life.
The Governor General, who represented Jamaica on April 29 exchange of nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton, was speaking at the Hampstead Seventh Day Adventist Church, where he was special guest on April 30.
He stressed the importance of positive values in nation building and noted that the royal wedding was an example of the retention of marriage as God wanted it. He said the serenity of the event was glorious and wonderful and he was thankful for the opportunity to experience it.
The Governor General used the occasion to speak about the ‘I Believe’ initiative, which he is due to launch in Jamaica on May 19. He said the programme will be aimed at getting Jamaicans to believe in themselves, while promoting good values and a strong a belief in God. “It is to get Jamaicans to believe in themselves, their ability to serve their country and God, as God placed us here to enhance the quality of life,” he said.
He added that family education and youth development are issues that the church grapples with in Jamaica; the families are experiencing difficulties staying together. He stressed that the accessing of education and understanding of the educational development process are not just physical, and have to be supported by values in the social, emotional and physical spheres.
In giving the sermon, Jamaican born pastor, Humphrey Walters said of the royal wedding: "It was a marvellous and wonderful day with thousands watching, being there or glued to their televisions. The wedding vows were magnificent in Westminster Abbey."
He likened the celebrations to an experience of true satisfaction embraced by God. He said God has provided a similar wedding for all those who embrace righteousness and warned that there are serious implications for those who reject God’s royal wedding and banquet where all are invited.
The Governor General has been meeting with various Diaspora groups since his arrival in London on April 27. He returns home on Monday, May 2.
By ANDREW CLUNIS, Jamaica High Commission