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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

"Which commandment is the first of all?"  Jesus andwered, "The first is 'Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'  The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  There is no other commandment greater than these."  Mark 12:28

This Sunday's Gospel reading from Mark is familiar - very familiar.  Despite that, I read it again and again this week, the week after Sandy - the hurricane that lived up to all the hype.

Loving my neighbor - caring and aiding and supporting and praying - as myself is a commandment, not an option.  The commandment holds whether I am in good times or bad.

The wake left by Sandy demands that we respond in the many ways we are able - not because we want to, but because we must.

Volunteer, contribute, offer your time or your talent.  Love your neighbor as yourself.


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