Hello, Neighbor

Stir something up!

Hebrews 10:24 – Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.

Before everyone started getting stuck at home, there used to be much more socializing among neighbors and friends. One group of ladies in a Philadelphia suburb had what they called “Stir Sessions,” and once a week they would gather at the home of one friend or another to prepare a gourmet meal for the evening for their families and series of treats or fill-in meals for the coming week.  It would be an all-day session. More often than not, they also managed to stir up encouragement for each other, focusing on child-rearing, vegetable planting, or, one admitted, somewhat lazy husbands.

As the writer of Hebrews says, God wants people to be connected with Him and with one another.  A sense of community among friends is good, stimulating, and emotionally healthy.

In these pre-election days, you may find that stirring one another up comes in the form of phone calls rather than common cooking of a fancy meal. However you do it, don’t neglect your neighbors and friends. Encourage them to be registered and to vote in this critical election year. Discuss your values and the Biblical standards for leaders. Don’t quarrel. There are still ways to disagree agreeably, if you must. But work on your neighborliness this month.

Pray With Us

Beautiful Savior, I’m reminded of Your prayer in John 17 where You want Your followers to be one with You and with each other. I admit to removing myself from social interaction too easily. Help me to be a better friend, today. Guide me by Your Holy Spirit to gather the information to make wise choices in the coming election. I love You, Lord.


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