Hello Mi Neighbour: Love still for those we've lost
Hello mi neighbour! It is highly likely that, as long as we are alive, we will experience the pain of losing a loved one. As we speak, millions around the world have just started their bout of grief even after expending millions of dollars in an effort to stave off the death of their loved ones! But alas! Yet all is not lost ... all can be reunited, conditions apply ... .
Death comes to all sooner or later. The healthy, the young, the wealthy and the strong are all targeted by Maas Death. Amid the barrage of questions and 'what ifs' whenever a loved one passes, one is forced to consider his/her own mortality while reconsidering the real significance of life.
By now, many of my neighbours would have heard of the departure of my lifetime partner, friend, confidante and wife, Lorna. Yes, she made her transition on August 19, 2015, at a tender age. Still at a loss for words to explain the sense of loss, but ... . Those who have traversed this path will tell you that the role of people in the recovery process is invaluable.
The outpouring of love and encouragement from friends, relatives and even enemies usually go a very far way in helping one to maintain his/her equilibrium at this time of loss. Is it any wonder the Creator in His wisdom placed us in the lives of one another with the strict command to love one another as much as we love ourselves? The pain of losing a loved one cannot be borne by any single individual. It's a time to hold hands as a collective and pray for strength, wisdom and courage to press on.
With this recent development, the weeks and months ahead may not be my easiest, but I thank God for the many persons with palatable intentions whom He has placed in our corner. And while you pray for me and the rest of my family, please remember others who grieve in other ways today. While some of us might be in pain from the loss of loved ones, others might be grieving because they cannot send their children to school this September. Still there are others who are sad because their little house went up in smoke and their pockets are empty. And I could continue with a litany of reasons as to why people are sad today, but I pause to urge you just to look around to see who is bearing a pain you could help to bear.
Please note that we will celebrate the life of Lorna with a musical tribute at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 at the Kencot SDA Church, 10 - 12 Osborne Road, Kingston 10 and a thanksgiving service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 6 at Andrews Memorial SDA Church, 27 Hope Road, Kingston 10.
And remember, please help the one you can from the list below:
THANKS FOR HELPING
1. Sharon, St Andrew, for giving adult female clothing.
2. Michelle, St Andrew, for connecting with Carolyn, Manchester, who needs a TV for children.
3. Velma, Clarendon, for offering clothing to female neighbours.
4. Howard, for offering to assist neighbour who is ill and needs help to send her children back to school.
5. Aleia, Portland, for offering khaki for 12-year-old boy.
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP
- Neighbour - Single mother, ... needs a mattress and food for children.
- Henry, St Andrew - Asking neighbours for a mattress and uniforms for sons.
- Neighbour - Asking neighbours for foodstuff.
- Nikesha, St Andrew - Tired of sleeping on the floor - asking for a bed or a mattress.
- Neighbour - Asking neighbours for a sewing machine.
- Donna - Asking neighbours for 12 hard-cover books and a refrigerator.
- Neighbour, unemployed - asking neighbours for a dining table and a wardrobe.
- Neighbour - Reaching out to neighbours for help - five children to go back to school ... also needs food.
- Marcia - Needs assistance with school fees - sum is $21,000 ... can only find $7,000.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.