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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Monday, March 8, 2010

Neighbours

Just wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful visit in Lowbanks and a great sunny sabbath weekend. Now I'm reflecting on some thoughts I'm having about the experience.

The little church was open and welcoming as I arrived with groups of (mostly) women gathered around here and there visiting about what a gorgeous day it was. Many arrived without coats and no one wore boots! Sky was sunny, air was warm and underfoot was dry, dry, dry.

Nine area churches--count 'em--nine! were represented and came prepared to share readings, prayers and singing together. The procession proceeded according to plan. Marlene, who was the coordinator was buzzing around making sure it all came together. And it did!

We expect even the reporter from the Dunnville Chronicle was impressed!

But clearly,one of the most enjoyable parts of the day was the time spent socializing, vistiting and sharing tea and goodies after the service. No need to convince or convert anyone at all. Just a time to recall old friends, common experiences (who walked farthest to school, whose family moved latest into the neighbourhood...). A great time to cement relationships, to remember that we all care about this community and can work to keep it vibrant.

Oh the thoughts about needs in the rest of the world were good and worthwhile too, but to my mind, the World Day of Prayer in Lowbanks today was more about neighbours next door than about neighbours around the world. And that's OK too.

1 comment:

  1. Marion, glad the day went well.

    Something about your comment that "groups of (mostly) women gathered around here and there visiting" strikes me as highly appropriate and potentially powerful on this International Women's Day, but also everyday.

    I think I will just make that obseration and see if anyone else wants to add a comment or two.

    Posted by Carman

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