WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

Perhaps, at least let us hope, that the current crises has seen a few Bibles taken off the shelves, dusted off and read.  Many probably had a hard time finding the Easter Story, mainly because God and His Word have been relegated to “Emergency” situations only.  With the churches closed, at least the pastors did not see the person or persons that he last saw at Christmas!  I am not trying to be critical, just factual. 

Why does it take a crisis to shake us from our lethargy?  Whether the person is one who is beset with multiplied problems, or someone who, for the first time in a long time is awakened to their awareness of not having been engaged in another individuals need!

Thank the Lord for the good times and the bad.  The boat needs rocking on occasion!  It has been virtually impossible to envision the type of response that would come from people who themselves have been negatively affected during these most unusual situations.  With all of the monetary figures and mountainous medical emergencies that have beset people, it is hopeful that we might all experience a transition into a more balanced life-style! 

Awareness of our “cog” in the engine of life is a necessity that cannot be ignored.  There are inescapable opportunities to do something about the problems that beset our society without having to become the top-dog.  Over the years I have noticed that the top-dogs often create the problems, rather than resolve them.  

The simplicity of a solution lies in understanding the question that Jesus asked when told that His mother and brothers are “outside seeking to speak to You.”  “Who is My mother and who are My brothers? (Matthew 12:48)   Jesus stretched out his hand toward His disciples and said: “Behold My mother and My brothers!  For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:49,50)

Let us continue to do in accordance with what Jesus instructed!

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