We like to think that we have it better than developing countries. We have a lot to learn from them. I have watched this week as the community in the tiny village goes about its day. I have seen the Love present in so many situations. I said at the first debrief meeting that when we serve, it is often us who receives the most. My former pastor and I used to talk about this and laugh at the irony of it.
The community is not wealthy. Not everyone has a job. I see the children move from one house to another and it is challenging to figure out who the parents are. People are taking care of the village kids. They also watch out for one another. As we chatted with the homeowner this morning, she mentioned the curved wall and told us that her neighbour had a car that needed to fit into the space. The curve allowed him to keep the vehicle. He offered to sell it so she could have a bigger house. She declined and insisted he keep it. Besides, she said the street needed someone with a car in case someone were to become sick one night and needed to go to the hospital.
This particular street has a number of people who appear to be fragile mentally. One woman was carrying buckets earlier in the week but she carries a secret I think–there is something not quite right with her. When I arrived on site today, I greeted her in Spanish and she did not make eye contact. I was persistent though and smiled at her. Finally, she returned my smile. I was so happy. Such a small act but I am glad that I could bring a smile to her face.
I am mostly unplugged down here but I do see glimpses of how the United States is beginning to act upon campaign promises. If we ever needed to see where God’s love can blossom, perhaps we in the North should look to the South. A village can show us city slickers some mighty fine Loving.
What if we truly learned to love our neighbours?
Have you ever learned something from someone you were trying to teach?
Teach us how to love one another, Creator, as you desire. Instead of building walls, let us build communities and raise up our children as one. Let us embrace the least of these and to learn from the, as we do. Amen.