Friday, September 01, 2017
Five Minute Friday: NEIGHBO(U)R
I came back from vacation to a dead phone line and intermittent internet service, so I am writing this post as quickly as possible in hopes of posting it before my internet goes down again.
The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is NEIGHBOR.
Of course, I'm Canadian, so I don't spell it that way; I spell it NEIGHBOUR. That's just asking for a play on words, isn't it. Maybe something like "Being a good NEIGHBOUR is something only U can do!"
I know all about good neighbours. In our "little house on the circle," we're surrounded by neighbours who care for and look out for each other.
It's tempting to confine the word "neighbour" to the people who live close to us -- people we see every day. But the word is meant to be bigger than that. When Jesus was asked "Who is my neighbour?" he didn't say, "The people who live on your block" or "Those within a 1-kilometre radius of your home."
Instead, he told a story about a man who helped a stranger in need, when those who should have helped turned their backs.
"U" are my neighbour, and I am yours. When we have compassion for one another, we show that we are all connected. We are all neighbours.