A Piece of My Day

Being Neighborly…

Posted on: Friday, 3 December 2010

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Well, howdy there, neighbor!

Some of you will remember that a few months ago we had some new neighbors move in next door. I’ve had a few conversations with the wife/mother here and there, but lately, we’ve all been like ships passing in the night because of our busy lives. So, today, I was out on our front porch watering the plants and waiting for the cable guy to unload his truck, and our neighbor was outside unloading her car. I hollered over a quick hello and she immediately began gushing about how she had just made some spinach pies, and she wanted to bring me some, “hot from the oven!” I accepted her offer, and off she went to retrieve the goodies from her kitchen. She came out a few minutes later, bearing four of these beautiful little pies, still – as promised – piping hot. I thanked her profusely for her gift, and then I had to go inside to talk with the cable guy about our issues.

While he was working and after he left, I did a few things around the house and on the computer, and when I returned to the kitchen, the pies were sitting there. How convenient,  since I had been wondering what to do for lunch! I took a bite and just about fell over onto the floor. Oh. My. Goodness. So yummy. So fresh and full of flavor! So lovingly prepared! Such a beautiful gift to receive!

So, here’s an interesting part…

These are people of a faith not our own. They are members of a faith which is often demonized in America, and yet I know that the husband/father of this family has just retired from serving in the U.S. Army, and the wife/mother is a nurse. And so I am angry when I hear words of generalized hatred spoken about them. Because that’s the thing – when someone speaks a word of hatred about Muslims (in general), they are speaking a word of hatred about our neighbors.

It seems to me there are lots of words of hatred spoken these days. The media especially is full of hatred – on all “sides” (interesting that we use battleground imagery here, huh?).  But my thing is – can’t we just look beyond ourselves – just a bit, even? Can’t we open our eyes and our hearts to receive the gifts which are given to us by those who may be different? And can’t we learn from that by turning around and living generous lives ourselves? And by “generous,” I don’t just mean with our pocketbooks or possessions – I mean with our very selves – our hearts, our minds, our souls, our words, our actions.

There is not enough love being lived out in our world today. Live out your love!

Peace – and love – be upon your day!

K

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