When we are neighbors...
"He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him."
~ Luke 10: 34
Jesus reminds us to love our neighbors as ourselves. One thing that we need to realize is that just living next door doesn't mean that we are neighbors. The idea of being neighbors means that we must be neighborly! It requires us to be willing to cross the street for one another.
Today there seems to be so many things causing separation and segregation: between gay and straight people, between black and white people, between healthy and sick people, between young people and old people, between prisoners and free people, between Jews and Gentiles, Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics, those who have and those who have not.
There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the street once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might become neighbors.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to see the street before me as the road to meet my neighbor. Amen.
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.