From Jim’s Cluttered Desk
You might have heard that there is an election coming up in the United States on November 3.
Yes, with all that is going on we will be voting for a president, senators, federal representatives and all the state and local offices. Tension and exhaustion have taken up
residence in our national life.
Some folks “just want it to be over.” Others seem to be trying to “pick a fight.”
Inspired by this week’s gospel reading (Matthew 22:34-40) and Collister United Methodist Church, I’d like to propose making November 3 “Love Your Neighbor Day.” Our congregations have an outstanding tradition of community outreach.
The grocery gift card is the most recent example. What would “Love Your Neighbor Day” look like?
First of all, vote.
Secondly, take on a “random act of kindness” directed at a family in your neighborhood. Be creative: some flowers left on their porch – a card wishing them a good day – raking leaves – some produce from your garden – a phone call expressing appreciation. The ideas are limitless.
Then, find a way to show appreciation for someone who has or is impacting your life: a teacher – the person who delivers your mail – take a note of gratitude down to the Department of Motor Vehicles office.
And finally, wear a cloth face mask when you are out in the public or in groups. The mask is not for your protection. Its protection for those you encounter. It is “loving your neighbor.”
Have a happy “Love Your Neighbor Day”,