There's that saying "Build it and they will come." And boy, how true is that.
I'll admit, I was hoping that when I uploaded my last post it would somehow trigger people in the neighborhood to say hello to the new people on the block. Was I right? Lets suffice it to say that I was afraid to go to the bathroom, because each time I would the doorbell would ring.
As I type, our freezer and cupboards (and my tummy) are filled with delicious homemade baked goods, and our new house has been properly been infused with kindness of a community who seem more than willing to share their own blessings with a stranger and his family.
Kindness, as I have often stated in this blog, can be infectious. This past week has been the perfect example. It certainly proved to me that from small towns to big cities to major metropolitan centers people desire to be with one another because that is how we have been wired from the beginning. We are communal people. While I will admit there are times when even I seek to go underground or check out of society from time to time. But even when that happens, I continue to feel the pull to be with others, even if it means being alone among strangers.
So if we are wired to be in community with each other, then it is imperative that we do no forget about the person who lives alone in a car behind the Dollar Store, or in an abandoned building on the outskirts of town, or right there on the sidewalk around the corner from your house. They are there just as much as my family is here. The only difference between "us" and "them" is when we step outside or walked the streets and said hello the gesture is returned.
Let us always be mindful to the fact that when we ignore a person, especially those who are different than us (or smellier than us, or older than us, or too foreign, or too poor, or too high, or too uneducated) our community begins to lose the spirit of what it means to be a community in the first place.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.