Hello, mi neighbour! Permit me to say a few things before making my point today. The expression 'Praise the Lord' is not only heard in a worship setting. It is part of the daily conversation menu of many Jamaicans - Christians and non- Christians. For some, it's like the air which they breathe. My mother would say 'Praise the Lord' at least a hundred times a day. No exaggeration.
The market vendor who has had a good day will 'praise the Lord' on her way home, because her sales have enabled her to meet her financial obligations. People who have had close shaves, close calls and near misses (which could have been disastrous) will utter copious and extended praises to God for extending His mercies to them. Others give praises to God for delivering them from evil day by day. Among them are persons who will praise God whether they have little or much, mackerel or steak.
Some people have discovered that praising God, despite their circumstances, has a calming and rejuvenating effect on their lives. They are aware that uttering praise does not cause their challenges to evaporate, but they know, also, that worrying about them can be debilitating and detrimental to their health. The calm which they experience as they praise God helps to clear their minds, thus making it easier to resolve those issues which would otherwise cause worry.
The Bible is replete with reasons as to why people should praise God like it is going out of style: He is our creator, provider, life giver and keeper. 'He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust'. His mercies are shown to us each day. Our intellectual capacities and the various means of communication which God has afforded us are more than reasons for us to give thanks and praise to Him every day. If you have a job, a family, a place of abode, etc, praise God for them.
And here's my point. Praising God is good for the human race. It is giving God credit for all that we possess: house, land, education, families, jobs, influence, status, etc. Without His permission we could never have acquired them. Therefore, we cannot take credit for them. And if we cannot take credit for them, it simply means that we are not superior to those who do not possess them to a degree similar to ours. My suggestion is that as we enjoy these gifts, we freely share what we can with others in praise to God, who gives us freely from his abundance of goodness.
1. Caretta, St James, for offering blankets and clothing for newly born.
2. Paulette, St Andrew, for offering size-10 shoes to a female who needs it for church.
3. Neslene, Kingston, for giving CXC books to a young neighbour.
4. Mrs Morrison, for offering a refrigerator to a neighbour.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
Elaine, Clarendon, needs a sewing machine.
Neighbour, Manchester, wants to take six-year-old daughter to church but has no clothing.
Sophia , St Ann, eight-year-old son is diabetic - needs financial assistance to see specialist.
Neighbour, nine-year-old son with heart problems needs to do ECG - cannot afford it.
Neighbour, sickle-cell patient - needs a bed.
Neighbour, physically challenged - needs a second-hand printer and a swivel chair.
Neighbour, St Ann, amputee needs a wheelchair
Teacher, St Thomas, needs to do two hip replacements - cost is $600,000; needs neighbours' help.
Neasha, grandparents are ill and need wheelchairs and medication.
Neighbour, needs a dining table for family.
Neighbour, St Catherine, needs a wheelchair to transport herself to church.
Neighbour, St Catherine, nine-year-old asking for a TV - mother can't afford one.
Neighbour, recently released from incarceration - needs a mattress and a gas cylinder.
Neighbour, disabled - needs to purchase glasses at a cost of $12,000. In possession of $6,000.
To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, 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 email@example.com