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Hello Mi Neighbour | Give love this season

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! 'Joy to the world the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King'. Sounds like Christmas time when many Christians and non-Christians around the world sing:

Hark! The herald angels sing,

'Glory to the newborn King!'

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th' angelic host proclaim,

Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark! the herald angels sing,

Glory to the newborn King!

This King whose coming is celebrated at this time of the year represents peace, joy, and happiness in a world where human cold-bloodedness, cruelty and callousness are as perennial as the grass.

This Prince of Peace who lived among humanity (He still does in the Spirit), went everywhere doing good and taught by word and deed how to live with our fellow beings. He left us some protocols to follow in order to truly enjoy life and fulfil our responsibilities to one another. Actually, we are all gifts to one another. And that is why we are gifted in various ways. The doctor who is gifted in medical science must use this gift to cure sicknesses and diseases. The painter, singer, engineer, mechanic, etc., must also use these skills/talent/gifts to meet the needs of others. Of course, as they meet the needs of others their own needs are met. "Joy to the world ..."

One protocol we must follow to experience life at its best wherever we are in this world is to 'love our neighbours as ourselves and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us'. I know that by now this sounds like a scratched record, but truth be told, that's the only one we have and we must dance to its music, Christmas or no Christmas.

Christmas is usually a time of giving, loving, sharing and merrymaking around the world. In sections of France, Christmas celebrations start with St Nicholas day on the 6th of December, when children get sweets and little gifts and cities are decorated. In Italy, nativity scenes are usually set up in churches, town squares, in houses as the most important aspect of Christmas decorations.

Whether in Jamaica, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Philippines, England, etc., it's decorations and family gatherings in celebrations of this special event. Many persons who might not have a decent meal throughout the year are assured of one around this time, as churches and other groups stage special treats for the less fortunate. No wonder Christmas is so cherished by many.

And I could go on, but space does not allow. So as we think about Christmas and its celebrations, let's remember that after Christmas people are still in need of love, peace, joy and a decent meal. And let's also remember someone from the list below

Peace, joy and happiness perpetually.

 

THANKS FOR HELPING YOUR NEIGHBOURS:

 

- Ms Dellisa, for assisting a neighbour with food for baby.

- Tracey, for offering a bed to a neighbour, Clarendon.

- Belva, St Andrew, offering a TV and a sewing machine to a neighbour.

- Sandra, St Andrew, for donation of clothing for neighbours.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR HELPING

 

- Cassandra, St Catherine, daughter's father died - unemployed, heavily stressed due to her circumstances. Asking for clothing and food for self and child.

- Sister Del, St Catherine, should have done ultrasound from November 2015 ... has no money for it. Asking neighbours for help.

- Precious, St Andrew, asking for a dresser, a Bible and a radio.

- Neighbour, wrote to me about a month ago asking for a dresser or a chest of drawers ... still anticipating a positive response.

- Ann Marie, Kingston, asking for a gas stove to cook for her family.

- Candy, Manchester, asking if there is anyone with a second-hand settee which he/she wouldn't mind donating to her - would brighten her home.

- To help, please call 334-8165, 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 helloneighbour@yahoo.com.