The world needs love

Jamaica Gleaner - - RURAL EXPRESS -

HELLO MI neigh­bour! Quot­ing song writer Hal David, “What the world needs now is love sweet love,

It’s the only thing that there’s just too lit­tle of.

What the world needs now is love sweet love,

No, not just for some but for every­one.”

First re­leased by Jackie DeShan­non on April 15, 1965, and then by scores of singers in­clud­ing Dionne War­wick, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Mathis, and Tom Jones, they share the sen­ti­ment that this world can­not do well with­out love – not lust. In this they all pray:

“Lord we don’t need an­other moun­tain,

There are moun­tains and hill­sides enough to climb,

There are oceans and rivers enough to cross

Enough to last un­til the end of time

What the world needs now is love sweet love,

What the world needs now is love sweet love...”

You and I know that noth­ing dis­pels bit­ter­ness, de­stroys self­ish­ness and fa­cil­i­tates har­mo­nious co­ex­is­tence like true love. Do we have the ca­pac­ity to ex­press this love? Sure! It just needs to be ac­ti­vated. Made in the im­age of God, the epit­ome A neigh­bour is seek­ing a wheel­chair for a five-year-old. of PURE LOVE, we all have the po­ten­tial to ex­press it in its purest form: lov­ing thy neigh­bour as thy­self. This takes care of so­cial ills.

Peo­ple who love neigh­bours as self have no urge to harm them. Do­ing unto oth­ers as they would want oth­ers to do unto them be­comes easy! And where lov­ing like this be­comes heavy, we can pray like Lu­ciano:

“Lord give me strength to face an­other day,

Carry on life’s road, carry all my load.

Give me strength oh Lord to carry on.

Oh my Lord.”

To love oth­ers can be cer­tainly bur­den­some at times. How can we love the in­sen­si­tive, crude, rude, and unlov­able? Ac­tu­ally no one is unlov­able. Hu­man­ity needs love – needs to show love. Love cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of sins.

It has the power to melt the tough­est heart.

Who can re­ally re­sist the power of love?

Have you ever seen some­one who is cap­ti­vated and ac­ti­vated by love?

Not just ro­man­tic love, but the kind that “is pa­tient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, does not dis­hon­our oth­ers, not self-seek­ing, not eas­ily an­gered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not de­light in evil ... but al­ways pro­tects, trusts, hopes, and per­se­veres”.

This kind of love “never fails.” I com­mend this love that “never fails” to politi­cians, doc­tors, lawyers, pros­ti­tutes, rob­bers, con­men, gun­men, pas­tors, priests, peas­ants, Mus­lims, Chris­tians, mu­si­cians, every­one!

Re­mem­ber, we are at our best when we love and at our worst when we hate. Let’s make the world a bet­ter place (start­ing with our lit­tle world) by al­ways be­ing at our best.

May this be the best day of your life!

And have a lovely day!

THANKS TO NEIGH­BOURS

1. Cyn­thia, for of­fer­ing cloth­ing and toys for chil­dren.

2. Sandi, for of­fer­ing uten­sils, cloth­ing, bed linen, fab­ric, and a sewing ma­chine to neigh­bours.

3. Alicia, for of­fer­ing baby cloth­ing to mother whose child’s fa­ther wanted her to abort the child.

4. Rita, for of­fer­ing a stove to a needy neigh­bour.

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES TO HELP A NEIGH­BOUR AND SHOW SOME LOVE

Neigh­bour: Ask­ing neigh­bours for a piece of ply board to keep re­in­force lit­tle house.

Neigh­bour: Mother of seven – chil­dren’s fa­thers died. Ask­ing for a few sheets of zinc to cover roof – house leaks badly. Also needs a bed – chil­dren sleep on card­board. Some­times no food. Cloth­ing needed for teenagers and nine-month-old baby.

Neigh­bour: Un­able to cook when­ever it rains – using wood fire. Ask­ing neigh­bours for a stove.

Pa­tri­cia, St Mary: Ask­ing neigh­bours for a din­ing ta­ble and a TV or lap­top if pos­si­ble.

Neigh­bour, Claren­don: Needs a TV, truly needs it.

Joy, St Cather­ine: Would be very grate­ful if some­one could give her a dresser – sec­ond hand.

Neigh­bour, Manch­ester: Ask­ing for a wheel­chair for a five-year-old child.

Car­lene, St An­drew: Needs a walker with wheels for fa­ther, who is fac­ing many se­vere chal­lenges.

To help, please call 3348165, 884-3866, 299-3412, 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; e-mail hel­loneigh­bour@ya­hoo.com.

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