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Call day of prayer for hurricane miss

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2016 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It would be good for Jamaicans to recognise the goodness of God in sparing us the full effects of Hurricane Matthew by committing to a day of national prayer and repentance.

This activity could easily be twinned with supplicatory prayers and practical support for other nations that were, up to yesterday, in the path of Matthew.

It should be done quickly, and the charge could be led by Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education and information, and a believer in God himself. Churches should note the date of our deliverance and set it down in their annals in keeping with the Scripture that says we are to make memorial days for our children, as recorded in Joshua 4.

Our local and international weather forecasters should be commended and not vilified. In a real sense, predicting a hurricane with pinpoint accuracy is like trying to predict the second coming of Christ, to the day, minute, and second. It is simply not possible.

The most that God gives in relation to His imminent return are signs. Similarly, the best that forecasters can do regarding hurricanes is to evaluate the signs, the data produced by sophisticated prognostication equipment, and to look at trends.

Therefore, we must accord them at least some margin of error as they practise the science of weather tracking.

DERRICK SIMON

derrickdsimon@yahoo.com

Golden Spring, St Andrew