Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Selah

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." 

Mark 12:20-34

We're fine.  Hurricane Ike made his sharp right turn and wreaked havoc on the Galveston/Houston area, all but ignoring the coastal region where our house sits.  We're a little tired, plywood and Plylox clips rich, a few dollars poorer, relieved for our former community and concerned for those who are dealing with the aftereffects of this storm.

And...we are changed.

Changed, because even though we didn't have to go through the calamity of Ike,  we experienced something.  We experienced something that leaves you changed.  Leaves you thinking.  Leaves you challenged, humbled, convicted.

We saw Jesus this week.

He showed up in the vessels of our incredible across-the-cul-de-sac neighbors, the neighbors who we waved to and shared cookies with and chased each other's dogs back into the backyards during our time in the neighborhood.  The neighbors we lived across the street from for a year.  The neighbors who have kept an eye on the house while it has stood on the market, empty, sign in the yard, lo these many months.

M called ahead and asked if they were going to board up their house.  He asked what they thought of the storm.  He asked if he could borrow some tools.  And when he pulled into town, they were waiting for him, circular saw ready, work gloves on.  And they jumped right in, sawing and hammering and holding ladders and feeding the kids and getting splinters and sweating until late, late in the night.

Just being neighbors.
hurricane prep 012We are changed.

We don't live there anymore.  There's not much we can do to reciprocate.  They have no expectation of return on their time investment in helping us board up the house.  They still had to finish up boarding up their home after M got back on the road. 

Just being neighbors.

We saw Jesus this week.  He had on work gloves and he ran the circular saw until late in the night and he put wood up over windows, just like the carpenter He is.

We saw Jesus this week.

And we are changed.


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