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Cindy and I have had neighbors and then we have had neighbors.  The one that poisoned Cindy’s cats was a little difficult to like for example.  Then there are those when you think of them you smile.  The Cordona’s as one example.  We met Sharon and Jose about 11:00 at night pounding on the door and shouting ANEEMAALL!  (animal).  There was a possum in their garage storage room.  I went over and cornered the rudest possum I have ever seen.  As I raised the shovel to dispatch the hissing heinous looking critter, I was distracted when Jose starts stabbing at it with his machete – he was behind me and working that long knife between my legs.  The possum went quickly as I couldn’t allow Jose to keep swinging that machete in that particular anatomical location.  The food and conversation we shared over the years, getting to see him come to the LORD and be baptized and then doing my first funeral… knowing I am going to see my brother/neighbor again, yes I can only smile.

The Bible has a LOT to say about neighbor(s) and might make a good study for some of you.  If we followed the precepts of the Bible we sure would have more peace on this muddy earth.

Pro_3:28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee.

Pro_12:26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor;

Pro_14:21 He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth;

And according to our LORD love of neighbor follows close on and may not be separable from love of God.  In fact in reading the history of Israel and the prophecy of the Old Testament the treatment positive and negative was a visible sign of the people’s standing with Jehovah.  It seems that how we treat our neighbor is a visible sign of the status of our heart in relation to God.

Now the thing that brought these thoughts together is we left our home in the care of our neighbor Lilly a widow with five beautiful children while we worked with the Eden Valley Church of the Brethren team (see last blog) and the Rheas at Rancho de Esperanza.  That team was actively caring for those that God had given the Rheas as neighbors.  We returned to orchids on a stump we left for that purpose.  The front porch swept as was the house.  Our plants love Lilly as they get sometimes a little higher quality care from her than us!  A flower arrangement greets us – we are blessed.  Enjoy the photos of the flowers around our two yards and a picture of our NEIGHBORS…

LORD convict us, rebuke where necessary and cause us to be good Godly neighbors.  Cindy and I thank you for neighbors like Lilly and the children.  We also thank you for Hans Schieber and the opportunity to meet for a time of Bible study and prayer each week.  Help us to be everything good You speak of in regard to neighbors in Your Word.  We ask this in the Name of Jesus amen and amen.

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In Christ, Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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