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A prayer for our nation

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As the year 2016 draws to a close, most if not all of us will reflect on the events that occurred throughout the year. As a mother, I pray that the grown men will stop abusing our children. Go look yuh age! I remember the days when it took a community to raise a child. Can we go back to those days, please? Young mothers/parents, do not be afraid to seek guidance from the older, wiser mothers because children do not come with manuals.

I pray that men will stop killing their wives, babymothers and girlfriends. How would you feel if someone killed your mother or sister? A woman was not made from the head of a man to be above him or from his feet to be trod upon, but from his side to be equal, loved and protected.

I pray that all the senseless killings will cease. The change has to come from within.

When a gunman can attack and shoot another man outside a police station, then you know there is no fear or respect for policemen and women.

I pray that the motor vehicle drivers will slow down and be more courteous to each other and pedestrians on the roadways. There are too many road fatalities. As a victim of a motor vehicle accident, I know how painful and traumatic that experience can be.

I pray that 2017 will be a wonderful, prosperous year for everyone. May we as individuals work on our shortcomings so that we can be better persons. Only then can we collectively build a better society. United we stand, but divided we will fall. Let us learn to love ourselves and others. Let us not take the bitterness, anger, selfishness and hatred into 2017. Those emotions will only rob us of our happiness and peace of mind.

In all things, remember to put God first. I love you, my fellow Jamaicans. All the best for 2017 and beyond.

Patricia Thompson