Faith Together at Home
Who is my Neighbor?
The lesson for this week's lenten packet is The Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10. I've always thought it was important to have good neighbors and I've been very lucky to have had good ones through the years. I have had neighbors that invited the new person on the block to their firepit conversations, who brought over a ladder to help trim a tree. There were neighbors who came and helped clear a driveway or who helped with childcare after school. There were neighbors who were someone to talk to during a pandemic when we ran into each other outside and who even, yes, popped out from behind my couch and shouted "Happy Birthday" when my young daughters, unbeknowst to me, invited them for a surprise party!
A good neighbor can be relied on. They come through. And in turn, we come through for them. Or hearts are warmed by the memories of good neighbors. With good neighbors friendship develops through the year to the point where we have had neighbors (friends) I have known for over sixty years and through three generations. But, you have to be willing to invest the time to be a neighbor; to give of yourself, to be generous with your care.
Jesus says that the world is our neighbor. And what a wonderful world it would be if we all lived that way every day.