Conntecting the Dots

Being a Good Neighbour — Guest Post by Maggie Wallem Rowe

Maggie Wallem Rowe has become a dear friend. She’s a fun-loving adventurer from North Carolina who’s currently living and ministering alongside her pastor-husband in Norway. She’s a woman of the Word and of prayer, and one who cares deeply about others.

Maggie is also a storyteller extraordinaire with a new book scheduled for release mid-April. When I invited her to share some thoughts with our community here, she chose this short, sweet excerpt from her soon-to-be launched book Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass.

Hospitality is a key to people’s hearts and especially since pandemic restrictions have lifted and we’re able to spend time with others. Add the refugee crisis, and we have an opportunity to love our neighbors on a whole new level.

It’s my pleasure to welcome Maggie today…

 

 

“The Beauty of Community”

 

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

 

The Danish people have a saying that no one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.

 

If you’ve ever lived in a rural area, you might have witnessed what happens when livestock escape and trample an adjacent field or yard. Tensions run high when property damage is involved. No wonder Robert Frost observed that good fences make good neighbors!

 

But to take it a step further, good neighbors also make sure there’s a gate in that fence, one that swings wide to welcome a stranger in need. That stranger might just one day be the one you need as well. When God said it’s not good for man to be alone, he wasn’t referring only to marriage. When we are willing to come alongside those nearby in love and service, we’re doing just what God has commanded.

 

That statement Jesus made about loving your neighbor? He meant it.

 

– Adapted from Life is Sweet, Y’all: Wit and Wisdom with a Side of Sass by Maggie Wallem Rowe. Copyright 2022. Used with permission by Tyndale.

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