There was a post last week on Facebook about paying more attention to our senior citizens. It left me with a conscious thought that if I happen to see a senior while out walking to not only say “hello” but to think if there is anything else I might be able to do.
On my walk Friday, I saw a very elderly lady pull up in her golf cart to get her mail. I was on the opposite side of the street and when she saw me she smiled and said hello. Normally I would have returned the greeting and walked on but having just read the post, I walked across the street and asked if I could pet her dog (I am not at all comfortable with strange dogs BTW).
We chatted for twenty minutes. She shared that she had left her hometown to live near her son and it was a blessing. Unfortunately she didn’t know very many people in her new community. Florence was a delight! Her dog was very friendly and while we chatted the dog jumped out of the cart and explored the grassy bank.
I made a new acquaintance and opened a door to developing a friendship in the future. Thank you whoever posted that article as I was glad I made the effort to cross the street.
Today, I read a post by a dear friend and here it is—(I added and subtracted some words to suit my style of writing but the main points are the authors):
Love of neighbour calls us to think globally.
Our neighbours are not just the people who live on our street.
Our neighbours include everyone around the world and the whole of
That is why we need to pray with the bible in one hand
and the newspaper in the other.
How are we individually living out that care for those
who are suffering loneliness, for those in need – the poor, the downtrodden, the
marginalized, very creation itself?
– Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Each day, it’s all about love, one human at a time! Let’s not walk the journey alone.