Let’s reach out to lonely neighbors
In Saturday’s Morning Call, Bill Broun shared an especially interesting and important revelation discovered when he was knocking on doors during his quest to become a council member in Hellertown (“Your View: Political campaign leads to unexpected lessons in loneliness”).
He didn’t get elected but perhaps his findings could make a difference in the lives of neglected people if we look to help our lonely neighbors. He found that loneliness is pervasive in the lives of numerous individuals, with the elderly being a major group.
Churches need to take this study seriously, realizing that they are the hands, feet and mouth of Jesus. Members can visit those on the block or vicinity and show the love of God.
We can all enrich the lives of others in simple ways, like just talking to them and showing interest in their lives, bringing some food, etc. Conversations with those feeling left out can bring joy to both the giver and receiver. William Yerger Lower Saucon Township The writer is an associate professor of education at Eastern University.