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Who is My Neighbor?

Last week's sermon focused on the parable of the Good Samaritan. It spoke of Jesus' teaching about going beyond cultural or religious borders. It emphasized loving others as we love ourselves, highlighting the universal need for kindness, compassion, and understanding. This message resonates deeply, challenging me to overcome ingrained biases from my upbringing. Growing up, I learned to focus on judgment and exclude those different from me. This reminder that a true neighbor isn't conditional on agreement but is about building a community anchored in empathy and support.


Today, where digital interactions often overshadow physical connections, being a considerate neighbor is essential. I witness the rise of hate, judgment, and divisiveness, underscoring the importance of kindness and understanding. Today, my journey toward being a good neighbor begins with similarities, not differences. It starts with respect—acknowledging each other's privacy, space, and peace. It's about fostering open, honest communication, greeting others with a smile, and addressing concerns with diplomacy. This approach builds trust and solid, resilient connections.


I want to be present for others, especially in challenging times. Whether it's ordinary tasks or more resounding support during personal struggles, these acts of kindness create a cohesive community. At the core of such interactions is empathy. Appreciating others' experiences, sharing their joys and sorrows, and recognizing shared humanity enrich the community spirit. I have grown to know everyone has a unique story, and acknowledging this diversity with empathy and care can transform my connections into a supporting environment.


When I commit to being a good neighbor, I commit to a welcoming, safe, and inclusive experience for all around me. It involves practicing kindness, respect, and a collective responsibility toward well-being. By representing these values, I enhance my life and inspire others, encouraging them to contribute to a culture of understanding and support. Being a good neighbor is about cultivating a space where everyone is valued and establishing a community that thrives on mutual respect and shared joy.


How about you? Who is your neighbor?


Watch for the blind spots.


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Who is My Neighbor. Good Samaritan.

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Mar 11

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

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