Call day of prayer for hur­ri­cane miss

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: IT WOULD be good for Ja­maicans to recog­nise the good­ness of God in spar­ing us the full ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Matthew by com­mit­ting to a day of na­tional prayer and re­pen­tance.

This ac­tiv­ity could eas­ily be twinned with sup­pli­ca­tory prayers and prac­ti­cal sup­port for other na­tions that were, up to yes­ter­day, in the path of Matthew.

It should be done quickly, and the charge could be led by Se­na­tor Ruel Reid, min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion, and a be­liever in God him­self. Churches should note the date of our de­liv­er­ance and set it down in their an­nals in keep­ing with the Scrip­ture that says we are to make me­mo­rial days for our chil­dren, as recorded in Joshua 4.

Our lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional weather fore­cast­ers should be com­mended and not vil­i­fied. In a real sense, pre­dict­ing a hur­ri­cane with pin­point ac­cu­racy is like try­ing to pre­dict the sec­ond com­ing of Christ, to the day, minute, and sec­ond. It is sim­ply not pos­si­ble.

The most that God gives in re­la­tion to His im­mi­nent re­turn are signs. Sim­i­larly, the best that fore­cast­ers can do re­gard­ing hur­ri­canes is to eval­u­ate the signs, the data pro­duced by so­phis­ti­cated prog­nos­ti­ca­tion equip­ment, and to look at trends.

There­fore, we must ac­cord them at least some mar­gin of er­ror as they prac­tise the sci­ence of weather track­ing. DER­RICK SI­MON der­rickd­si­mon@ya­ Golden Spring, St An­drew

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