The story is told of two separate families who were both moving from their community to another.
The first couple approached their pastor at church as asked him about the community, since he had once lived there. They were especially interested in the type of people they would encounter and how the new neighborhood might be.
The pastor asked them, “Tell me about your neighbors here.” The couple enthusiastically told the minister about their neighbors, about how kind, friendly and helpful they were. “Good news!” said the pastor, “that is exactly the type of people you will find in the community you are moving to!”
The second couple came to the pastor with the same inquiry: “What are the people in this community like?”
Again the pastor inquired about their current neighbors. The couple ran on and on about how awful their neighbors were; they were liars, thieves and not to be trusted at all!” “I’m sorry,” the pastor said, “the people in your new community are that very same way.”
I am happy to report that we have had wonderful neighbors these past 17 years! Even when homes have been sold and a new family has moved in we find we have had lovely neighbors.
We have found an apartment and will be moving at the month’s end. I am anxiously anticipating meeting our new neighbors and becoming a part of the community.
My place of employment is a mere 10-mile trek, a vast improvement over a daily commute of 72-miles! We will be much closer to the VA Hospital and clinic, our dentists and varied and sundry specialists!
We are downsizing from 1400 sq. feet to 700 sq. feet. You may recall that my prayer, my “word” if you will for the New Year was S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y. and the Lord has been faithful! Now, if I will only be faithful and willing to part with “possessions”.
We are arranging a moving sale. Our current community has a 24-hour Yard Sale spot on Facebook so I will be downloading pictures of items for sale. We will arrange for a local non-profit agency to pick up anything left for their thrift shop.
My burning question when holding an item or contemplating selling it is this: “Do I own this, or does it own me? If I part with this, will I shortly go out and replace it or will I be able to live without it?”
Just as a matter of confirmation, when we were in Tucson last Thursday and Friday, Husband was having severe asthma, so early on Friday morning, I drove him to the VA emergency room. I don’t believe it was more than a 10-minute trek from our motel room.
As we may be brought to your mind, please remember us in prayer for this move and for journey mercies.
Luke 10:26-28The Message (MSG)
26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
28 “Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”