Saturday, January 26, 2013

Neighborly Love

A good friend once said she could not love anyone she did not know. I immediately thought of her neighbor who lived alone and how she must have longed for company over and over again. My friend did not even realize her neighbor must have been lonely over the years until I directed her attention to her.

Neighborly love does not have to involve giving of money or patronizing for goods and products, but a friendly company who can listen and give advice occasionally. Some neighbors can be very unfriendly, but we all need a shoulder to lean on.

Neighborly love involves inviting your neighbor for an outing, a snack in your home, a walk in the park or exchange of novels and recipes. Most lonely people think of suicide and see the world as a dark hole about to swallow them up. We should be the light to our neighbors especially the lonely ones.

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbors”-Richard Whately.