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Hello Mi Neighbour | More blessed to give than to receive

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! It has been written, ratified, confirmed and reconfirmed a thousand times: it is more blessed to give than to receive. I therefore confidently affirm that unless you are a giver you may never experience those blessings which follow givers throughout their lives - year after year, night and day!

Blessings come to habitual givers from different angles and in different forms, but from one source. They come whether expected or needed. They will overwhelm and often leave you no choice but to keep on giving. If you try to store them, they may drown you. They are like the river which keeps on flowing. Try to back it up and you are in big trouble.

Some of us receive blessings in our finances, some in our relationships, in our health, in the form food, clothing, shelter, etc, as we give go others. To be considered blessed in particular areas simply means that those needs are being met with relative ease and comfort even in the face great challenges or strong opposition. You have a sense that there's a BIG HAND helping you to manoeuvre life's treacherous paths, always placing you on top! What sweet feeling!

So, if you are experiencing continuous lack and wondering how come some people always have and you never have, begin to check your giving habit. Do you give stingily and gingerly or not at all? Do you have a 'nutten fi nutten' attitude? And by the way, I hear that people who always want 'suppen fi nutten' always end up with 'nutten fi suppen'.

Were we all to become giving practitioners, there would be no room for covetousness, theft, robbery, fraud etc, because all of us would've had have enough and to spare. "A suh di ting set but a nuh suh it run." Such a pity. From day one we were warned not to "covet your neighbour's house. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour." Now we understand why our world is in such a mess. We live in breach of our obligations to one another.




But this was what really triggered this article today: Annmarie and I were standing somewhere a few days ago when a taxi drove up and stopped at our feet. The driver looked at Annmarie and said, "you are a blessed woman! You will never lack anything. Nobody caan hurt yuh. Everybody can see God's blessings on you. Keep on doing what yuh doing, sis. You may not remember me because I was a little street boy at the time, but I cannot forget the times when you used to feed us on the street every Sunday." With tears almost welling up in his eyes, he said "we need more people like you ... some of the other boys gone but si me here. Keep up the good work. God bless yuh." He then proceeded to shake her hand before driving off. Wow! Get the point?

A parting thought: It's better to fall into a pattern of giving and be blessed than a pattern of begging and be a pest. BE BLESSED!

Please help someone from list below.





- N. - St Andrew, for offering clothing to needy neighbour

- Latoya - St Andrew, for donation

- Neighbour - St Andrew, for donation




- Neighbour: Asking neighbours for help for children - children's father died. Food and schooling needed.

- Jenese: Her three children are sick - nowhere to live. Got a little piece of land to build a little house and needs help with sand, cement, etc.

- Meleta: Needs to do a heart test - needs help with $35,000.

- Neighbour, St Catherine: Single mother of five - no help from children's fathers. Needs a refrigerator to start a little business.

- Neighbour, 19 years old needs a bed and a dresser

- To help, please call Silton Townsend @ 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; Paypal/credit card: email: Or contact email