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Untimely deaths?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Do you believe in untimely death or a person dying before his or her time?

I do.

I asked a few people the same question and they said to me, “When someone dies, no matter the cause of death, it's the person's time to die.”

I further said: Suppose you are crossing the street and speaking on your cellphone at the same time and not paying attention, and you get hit down by a vehicle, and you die, as a result of carelessness, is it your “time come”?

They said, “Yes!”

Still, I believe that there has been an onslaught of untimely deaths that has been crushing Jamaica for decades. And the deadly hands of death are striking us rapidly too, almost every day.

This onslaught of untimely deaths has been striking us in many different ways. We have had road fatalities, group crime and violence, domestic disputes, suicides, etc.

There is truly a cause for concern, and we ought to stop and think: “Dem tings ya nawmal?”

Look how many young and not-so-young lives have been snuffed out by reckless driving in traffic accidents. Have we gone mad? My God, what a great waste of human lives!

I heard the great Herro Blair, a powerful and brave soldier of Christ and one of our favourite preachers, say, “No gunman can kill you before your time. No one can kill you before God ready for you.” I want to take comfort in these words from Bishop Blair.

Donald J McKoy


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