by Mary Stout
“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood” John 1:14 (The MSG).
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor, won’t you be mine? When the Pastor began singing Mr Roger’s neighborhood, took off his shoes, slipped on his slippers and cardigan, and began teaching us. Who is your neighbor? I love the Message version of this verse. Jesus moved into the neighborhood.
In the wake of current events, there are only so many news broadcasts you can listen to, blogs you can read, and warnings you can heed before you need a little lift from all the gloom and doom. The physical distancing we are going through is hard. Many have lost jobs, others are working tirelessly to help those who are sick, Parents and grandparents are doing their best to help the children distance learn.
I began seeing hope in the chaos’s midst. A picture of neighbors sitting in their cul-de-sac socializing in keeping with distancing rules, a parade of teachers driving through student neighborhoods, a neighbor hearing the tribe drums every morning and prayers being said for the world by the Lakota people and a neighborhood dressing in dinosaur costumes and parading in the street.
So who is your neighbor? While the physical distance limits our face-to-face contact, we can reach out online to all of our neighbors. Our Italian neighbors or Spanish neighbor, our actual neighbor, our 85, 000 unchurched neighbors.
Hope is trusting God at the moment and knowing the hope of glory lives inside each of us. Jesus came into your neighborhood so long ago. He came for all of us. Let’s follow His lead and be a neighbor to one another.
Prayer: Thank you for coming into our neighborhood so long ago. Help us to remember to be a neighbor in these times. In Jesus’ name Amen