The other day I took a picture from my lounge room window of the lovely succulents which flower every October. When I took a closer look I discovered you could clearly see the exact same flowers in the garden directly opposite us. In fact when I posted a picture of my new bedroom windows on Facebook recently many people commented on the pretty pink stocks you could see outside. They are also growing in abundance in my neighbour’s garden.
Did we purchase or grow the same flowers? No! My neighbour loves to share as do we. In fact our apricot rose is also flowering in the house next door to us and we are often recipients of goodies left by one or other of our neighbours. Last week our neighbour at the back had a baking spree and sent up some lovely date scones to share. Are we blessed with good neighbours? I think so!
Although we live in an outer suburb of Melbourne the area in which we live has a lovely village feel about it. We have our special neighbours but also our local shopping centre is full of folk who have become acquaintances, friends and neighbours in the past six years.
We all know the story of the Good Samaritan which Jesus told the disciples when they questioned him about who was their neighbour. Apparently there was no love lost between the Jews and the Samaritans in fact it seems they clearly despised each other. I think the story undoubtedly shows us that anyone in need of our neighbourliness is our neighbour. Whether friend or foe, whether we have different belief systems, or even if we don’t like them.
Maybe we could all practice being a neighbour today?
Our neighbour’s garden across the road showing the same succulents and stocks.