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Hello Mi Neighbour | Can we all get along?

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:55 AM

Hello mi neighbour! A recent Facebook post by a long-time friend, Joy Bailey, reads: “We are living in an awful time. Crime and violence, abuse of all kinds. Our hearts are failing us for fear and for looking on these things that are happening all around us. The wanton taking of lives go unchecked. Something has to give.” True, true.

She prays: Oh Lord, we implore You to intervene in the affairs of our country. Give us vision lest we perish. Protect your people from the onslaught of the criminal elements in our society. In Jesus name. And we all say Amen to that. ‘Divine intervention’ is our only hope: “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” What are we waiting for? With fervency let’s grab this offer!

Man’s uncharitableness to his brother/sister has been recorded by Bob Marley thusly:

Man to man is so unjust, children:

Ya don’t know who to trust.

Your worst enemy could be your best friend,

And your best friend your worse enemy.

Some will eat and drink with you,

Then behind them su-su ‘pon you.

... Some will hate you, pretend they love you now,

Then behind they try to eliminate you.

Across the globe people are being brutalised minutely and everyone is guilty. Robbers rob and kill, criminals kill willynilly, family members kill one another in the spaces they call home – oh how we long for ‘home sweet home’. And hey, the family that prays together stays together. Community members take pleasure in wanton killings and dismemberment of others with no one to “remember” them. Prisoners and schoolchildren kill one another, and list goes on and on. We are a world of killers! Some kill with their hands, some slaughter with their lips and hearts. Persons whose spirits have been crushed in the mix become deadly weapons themselves.

Here’s Buju comment on this killing thing:

Kill I today you cannot kill I tomorrow

Murderer! Your insides must be hollow

How does it feel to take the life of another

Yes, you can hide from man but not your conscience

You eat the bread of sorrow

Drink the wine of violence

Allow yourself to be conquered by the serpent

Why did you disobey the first commandment...You will never escape this judgement... ”

Yes, my neighbour, I put it to you again as a reminder: there is a day of reckoning fast approaching when all of us will give an account to big master for how we’ve treated one another. Be warned! My headmistress would be so distressed to know that modern-day people are no longer bothered by rules and regulations. Personal tastes and preferences are carrying the swing: what feels right to the individual is what the individual does in the name of human rights. OMG!

Won’t you help someone from list below? You never know, you might just save a life.

Thanks to neighbours

- Sister Gordon, Trelawny, for offering clothing and adult diapers to neighbour.

- Pearlene, St Catherine, for offering female clothing to a neighbour.

- Joan, St Andrew, special gift to needy neighbour.

Opportunities for helping

- Linora, St Andrew, elderly, cannot find a job because of her age. Bills are piling up. Asking for neighbours help to rear chicken and sell bag juice. -

- Monica, Trelawny, 75-year-old widow – gets a very small NIS pension. Both eyes are very bad ... van drove over her glasses. Asking for neighbours help to replace.

- Ms Lowman, St Mary, asking for grade six books for daughter. Also asking for a bed and church clothing for her 14-year-old son.

- Carol, Portland, facing hard times. Needs help with children’s schooling. Asking for size 8 shoes for girls and size 91⁄2 for boys. Also needs a bed and other household items.

To help, please call 3348165, 884-3866, 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; email