As we have seen the devastation of the tornadoes, the medial have shared the stories of those affected in Missouri and other places. This morning one man was interviewed by a national media person. The man identified his house as the third on the left. No houses were standing, but he pointed to the part of roof laying on the ground. The interview went on. The man said that all of the neighbors had been accounted for except one. The neighbors were looking, trying to find Mike, their missing neighbor.
I wonder if most of us even know our neighbors. So many of us get caught up in our own lives that we don’t pay that much attention to who is where in the neighborhood. My neighbor drives a truck, but I do not know when he his home or away working. Our schedules never collide. It has been months since I have seen him.
Yet we are called to build relationships. We are called to look around us, to notice those near us, to care about others. My neighbor may not be concerned about meeting me, but I should make an effort to build a relationship. We have lived within sight of each other for years, but we have never really spoken. We rarely see each other, and I am not quite sure what to say.
Maybe you have a similar situation in your neighborhood. Maybe there are neighbors you have never connected with while you have been neighbors. Maybe your situation is more like the neighborhood in Missouri. Maybe you do know who your neighbors are. These devastating storms may be a lesson to all of us that we are to build relationships. We need to take the time to meet our neighbors, to introduce ourselves, to share our lives with them. We never know when it will be our time or our neighbors time of need. We never know when we will be able to help others along the way.