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September 26th, 2012

Where is all the love hiding in the City of Newburgh?

Lillie Howard
The hatred that is presently and openly being displayed throughout the land leads one to have to ask, “where is the love?”

Being a country that is supposedly very largely Christian leads one to wonder, “where is the love?” In the bible Jesus told his followers that He was leaving them another commandment - that they love one another. John 13:34 & 35: “I give you another commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this all men shall know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (if you keep on showing love among yourselves).” Amplified Bible.

Where is the love? The windows of the world are covered with rain. Why? What’s going on? Why do we bring so much pain to each other? It’s time to make a change and we are the people that can bring it if we truly want to.

The question that needs to be asked is, do we really want change or are we just pretending?

There is so much hatred going on throughout the world and a lot of it is happening right here in the City of Newburgh. There are so many dying and so many crying and we find ourselves asking “why is this happening?” It’s happening because of man’s inhumanity to man. The love of money is one of the major reasons that all of this is going on. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The poor are looked upon as being the wretched of the land when we should be saying he ain’t heavy for he’s my brother. Wow!

What the world needs now is love, sweet love, for that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Racism is the culprit driving this train and the train is heading off a cliff. What is it going to take to wake us all up to the reality that we’re all headed towards self-destruction? A lot of this sickness is due to the fact that people are harboring a lot of hatred inside of them and it’s destroying the body.

Why can’t we all sit down at the table of brotherhood and discuss what’s going on? Why can’t we try to understand one another? Then and only then can real serious dialogue begin to happen. Fear is the real driving force of all of this hatred, but we’re told by our Heavenly Father in 1st John chapter 4 verse 18 that “there is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love (is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection).”

I know that I may sound harsh at times, but it’s only because I want to see a serious change happening in the city where I was born over 72 years ago. Before I close my eyes for the last time I want to see Newburgh turned into a real city of brotherhood. There are a lot of professing Christians but are we really possessing Christians? Possessing the traits of love, compassion, forgiveness, and all of the things that will enable forgiveness and love into our hearts and into our city? We’ve all erred and fallen short of these traits but it’s never too late to earnestly begin the turn-around which is so desperately needed.

The windows of our city are covered with rain and we must begin to ask ourselves some very serious questions. Why are we so divided? Why do we turn deaf ears to the pains of our fellow citizens? Why do we express so much hatred with one another or about one another?

Schools that are created to teach our children never accomplish that for a large majority of them. Children are dying in the streets but we are not seriously tuning in to why this is happening. One’s silence regarding this means that one is in agreement with all of this. One’s negative response to all of this means that one’s heart is icy cold.

It’s time to make a change in this city and we are the people that can bring it if we all come together, set our differences aside and sit down at the table of brotherhood determined to stop all of this madness. We must begin to embrace human rights because we’re all human beings. We all cry, we all hurt, we all err, but we can all change for the better. This is Lillie’s Point of View!
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