Friday, October 8, 2010
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
The song from Mr Roger's Neighborhood has been ringing in my ears lately. Not because I hear it on the television anymore, but because the message still rings clear.
In a world of high technology we can fall short on knowing our neighbors. It is easy to come home, drive our cars into a garage, pull down the automatic garage door, to hibernate until morning calls us back out to our labor.
One year, our pastor called the leadership of our church together to speak from his heavy heart. As we all gathered into the room, we knew he meant business. The first question from his mouth was, "How many of you know your neighbors?"
You will not believe the answer. We were the only couple in the room who not only knew our neighbors on both sides, but even the neighbors down our street and around the corner.
His second question was, "How many of you know any non-believers?" The response back was even more troubling.
He was horrified, even though it confirmed what he was afraid of. So, with intense passion, he started to shut down programs at the church. No one was allowed to be at the church for more than two events per week...we were to be out....meeting our neighbors. We were to be out getting to know pre-Christians.
The transition was very easy for our family at that time. Our first four children were young, their involvement was outside the home with pre-believers, and our outgoing nature made the assignment easy.
Fast forward years later. The teen years hit, schedules filled the calendar, life happened and taking time to meet and care for our neighbors started to vanish from priority.
Today, I am baking pumpkin bread....the loaves will be delivered to the neighbors. Someone is moving in next door, and two different households are single women. There will be time to have a friendly chat and ask the Lord to open the doors to a continuing fellowship that He has ordained.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
To my blogging friends...thanks for visiting my neighborhood on blog-sphere...thanks for being my neighbor. If I could send you pumpkin bread through the internet, I would. Instead, just know that you are loved and appreciated. Have a wonderful fall day and enjoy your neighbors!