Saturday, 9 January 2010

Community

Yet more snow overnight. Our arctic conditions have been greeted with very different reactions: glee from many children, trepidation from senior citizens, frustration from those trying to do business. As with all adversity though, positive signs have emerged. The TV news has been full of heart warming stories of people looking out for their neighbours. Of pubs and department stores opening their doors to provide hospitality for folk stranded by blocked access roads.
Communities proving that they can still operate as supportive units.
At a funeral service this morning, a grieving relative remarked how, in his bereavement, he had been comforted by a community responding as it should and by the church in particular being there even for strangers. That was so reassuring to hear and pretty much sums up my philosophy on what the church aspires to be: a community that serves strangers. Always ready to respond to any who are in need.

1 comment:

Cherie said...

I LOVE the snow falling on your blog. It's as close as I've gotten to the feel of snow this year.

And your tellings of folks caring for one another is just what I need to hear. Too much gloom and doom on the news. People are becoming depressed. Amazing how adverse conditions can snap us out of our selfishness and produce selfLESSness instead.

Your blog refreshes! I should come here more often.

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