NEIGHBOURS WHO CARE
(August 1994 Deep Cove Crier)
Garage Door Anonymity
One of the saddest inventions to me was the invention of the automatic garage door opener. Even though it is a great back-saver, it has also resulted in even less community interaction within our neighbourhoods. In the past, we had to get out of our cars in order to open our garage doors, thus enabling at least a brief moment to wave to our neighbours. Nowadays in our high-tech society, we can travel from one cocoon (our car) into another cocoon (our house), without ever having to acknowledge the existence of another human being.
Is it mere coincidence that the North Shore News is now full of personal ads by lonely North Shore residents? The very instruments of mass communication and high technology often end up leaving us feeling more and more alone and cut off from real communication and community. So often it seems that we are too busy and exhausted to do a simple thing like caring for our neighbours. Jesus said "Do to others as you would have them do to you." He also said "Love your neighbour as yourself." His words remind me that no matter how busy we are, we need to be neighbours who care
There are a growing number of people in the Seymour/Deep Cove area who are taking time in their busy schedules, to show that they really care for their neighbourhood. Loving neighbourhoods are made up of loving neighbours. All of us would like to live in a community where our neighbours really cared for and supported each other. In our urbanized, fast-paced world, we can easily end up as strangers to each other even on the same block.
Caring and Sharing
Whether or not a person goes to church, studies show that most people secretly pray, especially in times of crisis. As Ed Silvoso, a well-known speaker from Argentina, puts it, prayer is the most tangible trace of eternity in the human heart. Sometimes the most profound prayer that we can pray is "help!" As I have talked with hundreds of people in the Deep Cove/Seymour area, I have been amazed at the openness of most people to prayer. Regardless of oneís "religious" background, many people are very willing to have you pray for their problems, be that sickness, family concerns, or job stress. Even in todayís culture, most people see an offer to pray as a sign of caring. To put it simply, PRAYER shows that we CARE. That is why throughout the Seymour/Deep Cove area, many PRAYERCARE groups have emerged, which specifically pray for the felt needs of their neighbours. If you are struggling with health problems, family challenges, or business stress, there is a PRAYERCARE group in your neighbourhood that would be glad to pray for your practical needs.
We are starting to see tangible answers to prayer that remind us that we are not alone. There really is a God who responds to prayer, and neighbours who are sometimes part of His answer. If you would like to receive prayer for a concern of yours, I encourage you to phone our local PRAYERCARE Co-ordinator,Virginia Wong (929-5628). With sensitivity to confidential issues, they would be happy to mobilize others to pray for your concern. If you would like to know where the closest PRAYERCARE group is to you, just call Virginia Wong. My prayer for August is that all of us in the Seymour/Deep Cove area would learn to truly "love our neighbours as ourselves."
The Reverend Ed Hird
Rector, St. Simonís Anglican Church
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