Thank God for peo­ple!

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SOUND THE trumpet loud and clear again and again un­til the mes­sage is riv­eted in our ears – ‘no man is an is­land, no man stands alone ...’ Em­bed­ded in this as­ser­tion is the re­al­ity that how­ever self-suf­fi­cient we may pride our­selves on, those telling mo­ments come when we are im­pelled to turn to our neigh­bour for help! It be­hoves us, there­fore, to du­ti­fully ‘live good with oth­ers’. In other words, ‘love your neigh­bour as your­self and be will­ing at all times to do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you’. Yes!

I woke up at about 2:30 one morn­ing (some three months ago) to dis­cover that I had a crit­i­cal med­i­cal emer­gency be­yond my ca­pac­ity to han­dle. I needed help! Af­ter per­sonal prayer, I called a prayer part­ner for backup. It was now time to go to the hos­pi­tal and (phew!) I couldn’t drive my­self. I needed help from some­one else now! My house­hold was alerted and within min­utes, I was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal. Swift ac­tion was needed and the med­i­cal staff on duty was equal to the task. Thank God for peo­ple!

Surgery was rec­om­mended and promptly sched­uled. Amid ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain and mis­ery, I just couldn’t help think­ing of how ‘fear­fully and won­der­fully’ God made the hu­man body and how He equipped mankind to help set it straight in a phys­i­cal cri­sis. Yes, He could have healed me in­stan­ta­neously, but He chose an­other path­way to my well­ness – demon­strat­ing, in no un­cer­tain man­ner, that we all need one an­other as hu­man be­ings. Isn’t it there­fore im­per­a­tive that we dis­card self­ish­ness and stand-off­ish­ness and em­brace other peo­ple – now?


Pop­u­lar ex­pres­sions like ‘self-made man’, ‘in­de­pen­dent man’, etc., are ‘bad words’ in the hu­man vo­cab­u­lary. They mis­rep­re­sent the Cre­ator’s in­ten­tion while dis­mem­ber­ing our un­der­stand­ing of our sense of be­ing. De­spite our eth­nic­i­ties, philoso­phies, re­li­gious and cul­tural ori­en­ta­tions, etc., we are in­ter­con­nected ... in­ter­con­nected from day one! This ex­plains why the pain of a stranger who gets hurt in the North Pole is felt by an­other stranger in the South Pole ... con­nect­ing the dots?

It was this in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity which caused Doc­tor B some years ago to risk his life one stormy night to trans­port my fa­ther-in-law to the hos­pi­tal in or­der to save his life in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. Wow! Yes, wow!

A few weeks ago a neigh­bour from New York saw in this col­umn where a sin­gle mother needed fi­nan­cial help and wired cash for her. Why? This neigh­bour un­der­stands the in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity of hu­man­ity. And that’s how it is the world over – all those so­cial ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tions where mul­ti­tudes vol­un­teer their ser­vices on a daily ba­sis un­der­stand and are mo­ti­vated by the com­mon thread which links us all. The lit­tle lad at the traf­fic light who gladly of­fered to ‘gi yuh a wipe’ af­ter I po­litely told him I had no cash to give him that morn­ing, also seems to be aware of this thread.

Re­in­forced by love, this thread em­pow­ers us to live and love like no other crea­ture on this planet can!

Let’s give thanks for in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness as you join me in singing my lat­est com­po­si­tion:

When I con­nect with some­one as I pass along

When I con­nect with some­one with a word or song

When I con­nect with some­one, though wrong I’m liv­ing by the Maker’s plan Hap­pi­ness for ev­ery­one Yea sing along, sing along...

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