Being a Neighbor and a Blessing

Vicky Pitner   -  

During this unique season of the COVID-19 pandemic, people everywhere are in need of a helping hand or a word of encouragement. Caregivers may find it especially challenging to meet daily demands as well as provide a positive and stimulating environment at home for their loved ones and themselves. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Below are some tips for making a positive impact in your neighborhood.

  • Create a nice surprise for your neighbor by bringing up their empty trashcan or placing their daily paper on their porch. In this time of social distancing, it will be fun to keep your good deeds anonymous, and see if your neighbor can discover their “secret helper.”
  • If you happen to grow a garden or have fruit trees in your yard consider leaving some extras from a bountiful harvest on your neighbor’s doorstep. Fresh gifts often lead to fresh smiles and attitudes.
  • Thanks to technology, we can better assist those staying at home from encountering feelings of isolation. With the use of video calling applications, you can visit with your neighbor face to face while staying safe. A simple phone call is always a great option for those who prefer not to use newer technologies.
  • Some neighborhoods are staying connected via online communities such as NextDoor, where neighbors can check in with each other and provide important communications pertinent to the area. This is also a great way to greet new neighbors.
  • Share what you are able. If you have canned or boxed goods sitting in the pantry consider contacting your local food pantry, church, or homeless shelter. In this way, your generosity can extend outside your own neighborhood.
  • Write a letter of gratitude to a neighbor expressing your appreciation for their friendship during this time. Practicing gratitude is beneficial for both the writer and the recipient and is proven to strengthen social relationships.
  • Invite neighbors to participate in a zoom or conference call prayer group or Bible study. Being in prayer with one another increases social bonds and reduces anxiety and stress. Moreover, prayer groups provide the opportunity to pray for one another. In the book of Matthew, we are reminded, “For where two or three are gathered in my name there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20.


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