In the past months, we have been overwhelmed with news reports of the horrific tragedies on every inhabited continent. I must admit there are many days when I just disconnect. In fact, when I do this I always think of how it must have been in the days of Christ when news travelled slowly and for the most part by word of mouth. How much easier to focus on the needs of our community, to take care of each other, and to know there was support right next door.
Imagine the quietness of walking along the pathways of Nazareth or Bethlehem.
Imagine the way your body would feel after a day of actual physical work.
Imagine the connections of conversation that would happen during your day because there was no iPod, cell phone, email, or even mail in the mail box to convey your every thought and opinion!
Imagine the opportunities for silent conversation with God.
Imagine the lingering moments of travel by walking to where you need to be, the only sounds being nature around you.
Imagine happening upon the disciples or Christ himself during those times!
We don’t need to know the details. We know that there will always be strife in the world until He comes again.
Christ told us this.
The most effective way that we can be Christ in the world, that we can work to make the world a better place is to act on those circumstances that are in our own neighborhoods.
IMAGINE if everyone did this! IMAGINE the joy we could spread by touching one person daily with mercy and kindness!
May you see the way you are to bring mercy and peace to someone today…