Friday, December 26, 2008

Love Your Neighbor Day - Saturday, January 10th

We invite you to take time on Saturday, January 10th, to show the love of Christ to your neighbor.

The TOP 5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor:

1. Just be there. “We all have times when we could just use a friend during some sort of trial or hardship, and often those are the times when we find out who really cares about us and who considers us a priority. Love [a neighbor] by being there when they need you.”

2. Give. “A lot of times when someone is in need we tend to want to run and hide, because to help might mean we have to give of something that's ours. You ever hear of someone's desperate financial need right when you just got some extra cash you weren't expecting? Yeah, you were all excited about getting to blow some money on something you don't even need, but now you face a choice: to love or not to love. Remember, 1 Corinthians 13 says love is not selfish.”

3. Ease their load. “We all get overwhelmed at times in life with our responsibilities and work load. Maybe to show love to your neighbor you could offer to take some of their load, even if just for a little while, to give them a breather.”

4. Think practical. “Fifteen inches of snow just fell. You've got a snow blower, your neighbor doesn't. Need I say more?”

5. Keep an open heart. “We may not always agree with someone's lifestyle, but that doesn't mean we have the right to treat them with less respect than someone whose lifestyle is similar to our own. In other words, show them love by not being a snob!”

--written by Joanne Brokaw

Our plan for "Love Your Neighbor Day":

My neighbor is confined to a wheelchair and is barely able to leave her home. We are taking breakfast to our neighbor and will spend time connecting with her by learning more about her and her family.

If you have an idea that you would like to share, email Christie.

We will show pictures on this site of those "loving their neighbors" after January 10th. Send your pictures to Christie also, and they will be posted here.

“I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?”
~Mother Teresa~

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