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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Please heed storm warning


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Please heed storm warning

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Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch the selves upon their couches and eat lambs from the flock and claves from the midst of the stall. Who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with finest oil, but are not grieved over the ruins of Joseph. – Amos 6: 4-6

WE AS BARBADIANS must surely give God thanks that we were once again spared from the ravages of Tropical Storm Matthew, which lashed Barbados with heavy rains and gusty winds.

But as we do so, we must remember our brothers and sisters in other parts of the Caribbean who are suffering today as a result of Matthew, which grew into a hurricane.

We must congratulate all those who were part of the team from the media – CBC, Starcom, which gave over 19 hours of coverage, and the print media, the NATION and the Advocate – for a job well done. I like what CBC’s general manager Doug Hoyte did; he led from the front as part of the TV commentary team.

We cannot leave out the Met Office for they were on the ball as well as the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). The Royal Barbados Police Force must also be praised; so too Barbados Light and Power and the Barbados Water Authority. It shows that their workers put the country first.

Something that worries me is that it seems as though persons do not listen to the news or weather reports. For it was reported that although the Grantley Adams International Airport was closed as a result of the shutdown, a lady and her daughter still went to the airport. Also, a family was stranded at a bus shelter in Oistins.

What were they thinking, because the lockdown was in operation. Yet, we heard as well that supermarkets and fast food restaurants were open. What a pity, because to this writer that was very bothersome. Is it a case of productivity over safety?

If it was in the United States, when a shutdown was in operation, no business would have been opened because the punishment would be jail. Let us take the storm warnings more seriously.

Festival ends

The St Lucy’s Parish Church will end its dedication festival on Sunday with sung Eucharist at 8 a.m. when the preacher will be the rector, Canon Curtis Goodridge.

Luncheon

The St Augustine Anglican Church will hold its annual church luncheon and awards ceremony on Sunday, at the Sea Rocks Dome, Christ Church.

Craft fair

The Moravian Church Women’s Fellowship Council invites the public to its annual craft exhibition tomorrow at Sharon Moravian Church, Jackson, St Thomas from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Missionary meetings

The Dunscombe Moravian Church, Dunscombe, St Thomas holds its annual missionary meeting service on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Annual concert

The Mothers’ Union of the St Mark’s Anglican Church will hold its annual concert on Sunday at the church at 4 p.m.

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