CaribZone Commentary: Aubrey Campbell –Monday, July 11th.

Good day folks. To God be the glory for waking mercies. It’s another brand, spanking new day and the start of another week. Go out and make a difference.

I rose from my slumber, thinking out loud and hard, on the best topic for today’s conversation and believe me, there are so many.

From the rather ambiguous stand taken by the irrelevant PNPYO on the exit or ‘stayit’ of the party and Opposition leader; the call to action across these United States that ‘all lives matter’ now as they did in the 1960s; an emotional Cristiano Ronoldo (CR7) acknowledging in triumph that his teammates won the match and the crown for him and country (Portugal), to silence the Messi fanatics; another mass shooting in America, and more.

There is so much to say but I have decided to share with you the fact that if, like so many, you started the day thinking Jamaica needs prayer, then you don’t have to look far for company, because these United States need(s) a hug!

Let the believers respond, appropriately!

Folks, I’m no prophet of doom but I have shared in this space and on many occasion, the fact that the GPS of these USA, has lost signal.

Disregarding the worth and import of one life, of whatever shade of gray, is dangerous.

And so, in an election year, the cry for ‘no justice, no peace’, resonates at every level and from both sides, differently.

Who will you listen to? A lame duck president, now more concerned about his legacy, or his successor? For we know about promises in these times of politicking and campaigning!

We are being told that neither candidate can be trusted and that it’s now a foregone conclusion that it’s either, or! America not only needs a hug, America needs prayer, of the salvation kind. SMH

Folks, all lives matter, even that of an innocent 3 year old. And that is why I am inviting Jamaicans in the Diaspora to check their calendar for Wednesday, August 3, 2016, to take a moment throughout the day, from wherever you are and whatever you are doing, to offer a prayer for the spiritual renewal and transformation of the island nation of Jamaica, that some three million pus, of us, call home, sweet home!

To be precise, if you live in or close to New York City, Florida, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Toronto, Birmingham, you will find a prayer center that is open.

It is no laughing matter that there is need for some divine intervention, ‘in a dis yah time yah’. The message is what’s important.

The government is on board including the Governor General. The prayer movement, under the banner of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry International (IPMI), has it has been for the past 11 years, has the support of the overseas missions (HC, Embassies, Consulates General), even though I’m not thrilled.

The movement started out with the blessings of a coalition of clergy in New York City who aligned their faith with the need for prayer on August 1, a national holiday. However, the shift in the calendar day does have its challenges and so, for maximum effect, the planning committee has allowed some latitude for prayer centers to facilitate this special prayer initiative during their midweek service.

Resolving conflict with the use of a gun is detrimental to every participant, directly and indirectly and that is why community-friendly law enforcement is an option.

Someone may not look like you but is does not mean that they cannot and should not be trusted, given the benefit of the doubt!

Folks, blame it on ‘profiling’ but that’s what it is and when someone who wants to be taken seriously, is going to look me in the face and tells me that the way you carry yourself, the way you dress, your deportment, has/have nothing to do with it, my immediate response: GPS signal lost!

Then again, a lost signal is bad and not so bad. What now matters is the re-calibration time, folks! In other words, how much time do we have to get it right before everything, all, is lost?

Folks, I was taught that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction!

That’s today’s conversation. You have the last word, as always. Share your thoughts.


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