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Hello Mi Neighbour | The world needs love

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 11:00 AM
A neighbour is seeking a wheelchair for a five-year-old.

Hello mi neighbour! Quoting song writer Hal David,

"What the world needs now is love sweet love,

It's the only thing that there's just too little of.

What the world needs now is love sweet love,

No, not just for some but for everyone."

First released by Jackie DeShannon on April 15, 1965, and then by scores of singers including Dionne Warwick, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Mathis, and Tom Jones, they share the sentiment that this world cannot do well without love - not lust. In this they all pray:

"Lord we don't need another mountain,

There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,

There are oceans and rivers enough to cross

Enough to last until the end of time

What the world needs now is love sweet love,

What the world needs now is love sweet love..."

You and I know that nothing dispels bitterness, destroys selfishness and facilitates harmonious coexistence like true love. Do we have the capacity to express this love? Sure! It just needs to be activated. Made in the image of God, the epitome of PURE LOVE, we all have the potential to express it in its purest form: loving thy neighbour as thyself. This takes care of social ills.

People who love neighbours as self have no urge to harm them. Doing unto others as they would want others to do unto them becomes easy! And where loving like this becomes heavy, we can pray like Luciano:

"Lord give me strength to face another day,

Carry on life's road, carry all my load.

Give me strength oh Lord to carry on.

Oh my Lord."

To love others can be certainly burdensome at times. How can we love the insensitive, crude, rude, and unlovable? Actually no one is unlovable. Humanity needs love - needs to show love. Love covers a multitude of sins.

It has the power to melt the toughest heart.

Who can really resist the power of love?

Have you ever seen someone who is captivated and activated by love?

Not just romantic love, but the kind that "is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, does not dishonour others, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil ... but always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres".

This kind of love "never fails." I commend this love that "never fails" to politicians, doctors, lawyers, prostitutes, robbers, conmen, gunmen, pastors, priests, peasants, Muslims, Christians, musicians, everyone!

Remember, we are at our best when we love and at our worst when we hate. Let's make the world a better place (starting with our little world) by always being at our best.

May this be the best day of your life!

And have a lovely day!

 

THANKS TO NEIGHBOURS

 

1. Cynthia, for offering clothing and toys for children.

2. Sandi, for offering utensils, clothing, bed linen, fabric, and a sewing machine to neighbours.

3. Alicia, for offering baby clothing to mother whose child's father wanted her to abort the child.

4. Rita, for offering a stove to a needy neighbour.

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP A NEIGHBOUR AND SHOW SOME LOVE

 

Neighbour: Asking neighbours for a piece of ply board to keep reinforce little house.

Neighbour: Mother of seven - children's fathers died. Asking for a few sheets of zinc to cover roof - house leaks badly. Also needs a bed - children sleep on cardboard. Sometimes no food. Clothing needed for teenagers and nine-month-old baby.

Neighbour: Unable to cook whenever it rains - using wood fire. Asking neighbours for a stove.

Patricia, St Mary: Asking neighbours for a dining table and a TV or laptop if possible.

Neighbour, Clarendon: Needs a TV, truly needs it.

Joy, St Catherine: Would be very grateful if someone could give her a dresser - second hand.

Neighbour, Manchester: Asking for a wheelchair for a five-year-old child.

Carlene, St Andrew: Needs a walker with wheels for father, who is facing many severe challenges.

To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; e-mail helloneighbour@yahoo.com.