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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?"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Care

I spent some hours in the car with my friends at CBC and then had a good long visit with a pastor. A couple of things stick in my mind after the day.

I listened to the sad story of the two brothers who died in their home. One was the older brother who’d spent his life as the only care-giver of his younger brother who had Down’s syndrome. The younger one died of starvation or lack of basic care after the older brother died of some natural cause. The reporter interviewed neighbours and officials who are responsible for social programming in that community. It is a sad story, and everyone was sorry and upset that these two brothers had perished in the midst of a caring community.

Now, back to my conversation with my friend the pastor. We talked about how prone we are to “put on our Sunday faces” at church and fail to let others know that we have troubles. We imagined a congregation going for years and years, doing church as always, planning events, handing out assignments, making sure it all gets done and never really knowing who needs something more.

We talk and write a lot about communities, about our faith communities, our congregations. What makes a community real? Oh yes, there’s shared history, common culture, even a sense of belonging that comes from shared goals and values.

But what about the people who live next door? Is there someone to care for them? How about the “always fine” man, woman, youth, or child we see all the time? Are they really fine? Who cares for them?

I am sorry this isn’t one of our cheery “good word” posts today. I’m feeling kind of sad about that pair of brothers who had no one to care, until it was too late.

Posted by Marion

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Marion for this great blog. Yes, it is sad but it is so true. It ties in so beautifully with this Sunday's theme about being lost. We have so many that are lost in our congregations in a time when communications seem to make us so connected. We fail to visit with each other and we fail to share with each other. We can change all this by learning what it means to be community.

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  2. I agree with Don, this is a great blog. It has often been noted that people live lives of crowded isolation.

    True opening of our hearts to each other does not happen by itself. This evening we spent two good hours with a group of four, talking about their mission, but only during the last five minutes did we really share what was happening in our lives. It would have been so easy to have gone away and missed that oh-so-important step.

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