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Ellen reads Psalm 23rd

Faced with growing vocal political dissent from both ruling Unity Party (UP) and some opposition parties following a controversial October 10 election, President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf has used an official event marking her 79th birthday celebration to read Psalm 23, saying God has prepared a table before her in the presence of her enemies.

Before reading the passage, Mrs. Sirleaf thanked all government officials, family, friends and diplomatic friends who had joined her at the special service organized by her church, the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) on Ashmum Street in Monrovia on Sunday, 29 October.

“Now if you have your Bible join me …, Psalm 23,” Mrs. Sirleaf says amidst hands of applause and cheers from a large audience at the FUMC while she opens a big Bible she takes along on stage.

Having read through the entire passage, the President leaves stage with yet another loud hands of applause from the audience. Following the reading of the scripture, veteran Liberian economist and politician Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh sang a music titled “You Raise Me Up,” by Western musical group Westlife.

The three – time defeated presidential candidate who avoided the 2017 presidential elections, tapped on President Sirleaf’s shoulders as he sang her birthday song, and later called her Finance Minister Boima Kamara to join him on stage in singing the song.

The event witnessed multiple beautiful songs being sang by the church’s choir and also a congregational singing from hymn. The President was presented beautiful flowers at the event, while prayers were offered for she and her family, and for Liberia as a whole.

In a statement delivered earlier before the special prayers were offered, the United Methodist Resident Bishop Rev. Dr. Samuel J., Quire, Jr. applauded President Sirleaf for her leadership, saying it has brought great joy to Liberia.

He says the Liberia she is leaving behind is one of of peace, tolerance and free speech. But he notes that the future of the country will be determined on November, the day expected for a presidential runoff between opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC’s) Sen. George Weah and UP’s Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai.

Rev. Dr. Quire urges that Liberians glorify God for whoever is elected Liberia’s next president. At the same time, he reminds President Sirleaf that the church needs her and awaits her as she retires following the end of her second term expected this January.

By Winston W. Parley

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