In my Intro to Preaching class, my professor frequently talks about preaching as a practice of neighbor love. That can mean a lot of things, including content, length, speaking style, and so on. But there is also something deeper there that points to loving whoever you are speaking with at any time, and ultimately that can go beyond church.
This week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson includes stories of Elisha (2 Kings) healing and helping people in different areas, which are great examples of loving one’s neighbor. No matter who the people were, rich or poor, man or woman, adult or child, Elisha helped them all. Elisha showed unconditional love for all of God’s children.
While it can be hard to imagine, this is possible for us to do today. We can follow Elisha’s lead and do our very best to love everyone daily. One thing I like to do sometimes is walk down the street and think, “You have dignity” or “You are loved” about every person I pass. It makes me smile and is just one way I practice loving my neighbor. Now, there’s no doubt that this is something I can always work on more, but the stories of Elisha inspire me to see everyone as an idea of God and refuse to discriminate based on class, gender, age, and so on.
I hope you’ll get inspired by this week’s Lesson-Sermon in your own way!
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what: An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, testimony sharing, and pure Love.