Community in Action August 15, 2020

Next Door is a helpful site, but not one of my favorites. It is a neighborhood bulletin board that shares short bits of information about what is going on in your neighborhood. One reason why it is not my favorite site is because there is usually a post, or two, about a person’s discontent regarding their neighbors, at least the one posting it has to give their name.

    But recently I have noticed more people posting items about neighbors who could use some help. They get permission of course, but I am happy to say people are showing care and concern for people other than themselves.

    I guess it is like any social media site, it can be used for good or for ill. Also it gives people an opportunity, in this shelter-in-place time, to share the needs of others who are sheltered and out of sight.

    Usually the response I see is people helping the person being noted on the site. That is deeply gratifying to see people taking the time and effort to go out of their way to help others. 

    I think that is what we need to be like in the church. We need to be always on the look out for those who may have a need so we can help them. Perhaps the help doesn’t even need to be financial or covering the basic needs of life, but it can just be to let people know there is someone who cares.

    Perhaps this would be a good challenge for us to remember to check up on others in our congregation. We have a directory on the website and if you need the password you can call the office to get it.

    Maybe now would be a good time to reconnect with some of those with whom we worship. Perhaps even now could be a time to check with someone we don’t know very well and introduce ourselves while asking how they are doing.

    And if you so inclined you could also check on someone in your neighborhood whom you see walking by or someone whom you pass on your own walk. Recently I had a question for a neighbor next door. Someone we see fairly often and have known over the years, but never sat down with them for a lengthy talk.

    Once my question was asked they offered me an opportunity for a longer conversation, which I agreed to do. We talked together for about 45 minutes. It was the longest conversation I think we have ever had.

    I think during this time people long for some connection and right now most people are at home, not traveling anywhere. I wasn’t interrupting their busy schedule nor did I have any immediate appointments.

    Let’s use this time to grow in our relationships with others. It will take some effort and time, but I think many of us have the time we need.

    Spending time talking to others with you,

    Pastor Randy

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