Who is my neighbor?

Happy Halloween!

While the missus took the boys around the neighborhood trick-or-treating, I sat with my fellow circle members around a fire pit, waiting for kids to arrive. I have to tell you, it was a very satisfying evening. But it also got me to thinking about what kind of neighbor I have been.

I love the parable of the Good Samaritan. In a few words, Jesus completely upends our view of who we are obligated to show kindness. It’s a great teaching moment on our personal prejudices. We wrestle with the question, “and who is my neighbor?” While I’ll let you figure out the answer, let me at suggest that “neighbor” is at least the people who live on your circle.

One of my neighbors is facing a life-threatening disease. Another is dealing with the loss of a spouse. Another is taking their son to the hospital in the morning for surgery to correct a sports injury.

All of them are my neighbors. All of them deserve my attention, my care, my prayers for God’s blessing. Why don’t I know more about them? What kind of neighbor have I been to them?

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