Love Your Neighbor

Mark 12:30-31
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”

This past week Michelle and I learned about a little girl, Kaitlyn, and her family who lives near us in Indian Trail. Kaitlyn is 3 and is in the final stages of Niemann Pick Disease, which is a rare, fatal genetic disease with no cure. You can find out more about the disease and Kaitlyn’s story at http://www.niemannpick.blogspot.com. Reading this, and hearing of their suffering and struggles simply broke my heart.

That being said, it never ceases to amaze me how God shines his light into even the darkest of places. Wednesday night of this week, some of Kaitlyn’s neighbors (including our own Zack and Sarah Russell) organized a candle-light prayer vigil outside their home to express their love and support in this impossible time. These same neighbors have also been providing meals for the family three nights a week. Here’s what Kaitlyn’s mom said in response.

“We have all heard the message ‘Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself’. What they have done is a TRUE example of this message. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of looking out our window and seeing so many of our neighbors standing with candles and feeling their pure and selfless love.”

It is amazing what happens when we take God at his word and live in such a way that reflects and shares the love God has for us with others. Meals and vigils won’t make Kaitlyn better… that will take a miracle so we continue to pray for healing. In the meantime the meals and the prayers and the love from neighbors are providing hope, healing, comfort and love to her family at a time when they desperately need it.

Never underestimate what can happen when we choose to express our love for God by loving others as God loves us!

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