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Turn to God

First I must say to our readers, especially those who compliment, complain and cuss about Straight Up, a blessed and pleasant 2013 to all of you.

Now back to business.

As you would expect I went to church on December 31 not just to preach, but to give God thanks for the year that seemed to slip away and also to thank Him for allowing me and those I love to see another.

There were about 200 people there and not just because we were one of the cheapest places to be on Old Years’ Night. I got the feeling that persons were truly grateful for the blessings of the past year and looking forward, with some measure of hope, to 2013.

I am not linking this to the fact that elections are somewhere on the horizon; there was a wonderful feeling in the air in Boscobelle — as well as a chill. Notably missing however was the boom and glow of the fire works display from Almond Beach.

Nonetheless I left worship feeling really good. And then something happened.

I went back to the real world and realised that nothing had changed.

Clocks rolled over and 12/12/31 was changed to 13/01/01. As the year progresses I hope that we will realise that was not all.

Inching pass Limegrove in Holetown around 2 a.m. I heard a DJ shouting into a microphone in a most abusive way what sort of party he wanted started. There were droves of people in the area, not alarming; but what alarmed me was the number of persons on the road cussing.


It was then that I understood why persons were so up in arms when Rihanna said the “C” word is commonly used in Barbados. She was wrong, it is not the “C” word it appears to be “A, B, C, D and especially F” word.

It took me about 30 minutes to get from the junction at Porters Road to the Rubis Service Station in Holetown. Let me say this, the rain was not falling but I was never so glad to get out of Holetown.

Then things got sticky along Bay Street in the area of the Boatyard on Bay Street. I had reason to go to the Hilton Hotel but getting there was very challenging. Again, hundreds of young people, two of whom I know for sure, should have been in church.

Some walking aimlessly about, some leaving but the majority standing around and drinking and you could not miss the conversations punctuated with expletives.

It left me wondering: Do we have room to operate as business as usual?

At the risk of sounding fanatical I must say — it is time to turn to God. I do not know when the world is coming to an end and quite frankly I do not care; the thing is, you don’t know either.

I know this, if Christ had made His return on December 31 or in the wee hours of January 1, a lot of us would not be residents of the proverbial land flowing with milk and honey.

Moving forward, we need not to live more seriously, but more responsibly.

One of my prayers for 2013 is that we stop throwing caution to the wind and acknowledge the existence and presence of God. Not by talking about it, but by setting an example and living the things we talk about.

We have a lot of people who talk, many the wrong things. As Christians we are called to do not just talk.

If we are patterning lives after Jesus then we need to get up and do. The Jesus we speak about did a lot more working and interacting with persons than talking to them. Let’s take the good example of Jesus Christ and have a wonderful 2013.

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