Thursday, 2 December 2010

Building community - the answer!

We awoke yesterday morning to serious snow! In fact so serious that it is over the top of your wellies, no-one was going anywhere. the local roads haven't been cleared or gritted. But what a great opportunity, the boys and I went out with spades and started clearing our drive and the working our way down our road.

It wasn't long until our next door neighbour came out to help, and we had quite a good chat about what I did , the church and how his family was. All in all we spent about 3 hours out clearing the road together.

We've awoken this morning to more snow, so much that I guess we may be clearing the road again later. But what a great opportunity to check in on neighbours and see if we can help them with anything, or if they need anything we can give them, or simply to spend time with them.

It occurs to me that the snow has provided an answer to a prayer I've been praying for a while a chance to spend some time with some of our neighbours, just chatting and getting to know each other better, building community. In our busy lives we are always rushing to work, or the shops, or the gym or to this or that, 50 cms of snow forces people to slow down and stay local.

Now to make the most of that in building relationships, showing people the love of Jesus and taking opportunities to speak of him.

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