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Hello Mi Neighbour: Expressions of love help to heal wounds

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Experience teaches, like a cool drink of water to a thirsty body, is a flurry of encouraging words (from neighbours) to a mind incapacitated by the fury of death - the death of a loved one. Make no mistake, people do need people, especially when hit by tragedy.

Under these circumstances, physical expressions of love and concern not only enrich the soul, but go a far way in healing wounds and renewing hope. Never underestimate the power of a neighbour's love!

Permit me today to share encouraging words received from neighbours during my recent loss, with the hope that others who currently grieve will also be strengthened.

"His strength is perfect when all strength is gone

He'll carry us when we can't carry on

Raised in his power, the weak becomes strong

His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect.

Stay strong mi bredren!"

And four other neighbours wrote: (a) "God's strength is sufficient, even in this trying time. Hold on to His hand and allow Him to pilot you through safely. My prayers are with you." (b) "Silton, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find strength and peace." (c) "I did not have the privilege to meet your wife, only saw some great pictures of you both sharing precious moments together. This is never an easy thing to deal with and no words can truly explain your grief. My words are simply to say we are praying for your strength and comfort in this very difficult time."




And I've found this one to be so refreshing: "My Bro Silton, there is coming a day when no heartache shall come. No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eyes, no sickness, no pain, no sorrow, no parting. It hurts terribly now, but what a day that will be when you are reunited with your best friend, your lover, your wife and most of all your Jesus. Take comfort in these words and may the God of all comfort sustain you in your grief."

Not trying to overload you, but I must share a few others with you: (a) "My heart ached for you with the news of Sister Lorna. I will continue to hold you in my prayers. We are confident that God has dispatched his angels concerning you." (b) "Keep heart man. God knows best. We cannot Lord Thy purpose see but all is well that's done by Thee. God will comfort you in this time." (c) "The flesh may wither and die... but yet we sleep until that wonderful reunion at an appointed time. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain or suffering.... free... free to worship and sing and laugh and love. Just hang in there friend, the pain becomes more tolerable with time"

I leave you with a quote: "Letting go of the belief that we are lesser or better than the other is the beginning of the liberating expression of oneness. Releasing what hinders us from being able to identify with others - pride, judgement, unforgiveness - frees us to experience love, trust and joy for ourselves and our communities," (JMMB Group 2015 calendar).


Thanks for helping:


1. Doreen, Westmoreland for offering new/used adult clothing.

2. Dawn, St Andrew, for offering a sewing machine to a neighbour.

3. Patricia, St Andrew, for donation of clothing for children/adults.

4. Donna, USA, for donation.

5. Mr Clarke, St Catherine, for donation of sheet set.


Opportunities to help:


1. Henry, St Andrew, asking neighbours for a mattress and uniforms for sons.

2. Nikesha, St Andrew, tired of sleeping on the floor - asking for a bed or a mattress.

3. Neighbour, unemployed - asking neighbours a dining . Jennifer, St Ann, asking neighbours for a television for children's sake.

4. Pachrisha, St Andrew, asking for gas stove and refrigerator.

5. Neighbour, asking neighbours for a dining table and a mattress.

- 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. Email