Let’s reach out to lonely neigh­bors

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

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.

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