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LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
RECENTLY, I'VE BEEN ENJOYING the idea that God, as Love, is the Creator and sustainer of all relationships. Love smooths the way for good to happen, for us to delight in each other. This understanding has helped me see relationships as not involving chance or accident—and that there's a purpose to our interactions with others.
I've experienced this many times. For example, a couple of summers ago I discovered that the rental property next door had become a safe house for two drug dealers. At first I'd been intrigued by how social these young men were, before their late-night traffic, parties, and noise began indicating something more disturbing. So I began to pray, turning everything over to God's care. I asked God for direction, and it came to me to simply report what I was witnessing to the police. The police were very discreet while still making their presence more evident in the neighborhood. However, months went by, and the loud parties began to escalate.
At the same time this was going on, I was also working for a nonprofit organization researching the pharmaceutical industry, reading statistics about the damage done to women and babies at birth by the use and misuse of drugs. I was also helping a relative free herself from a methamphetamine addiction. I felt surrounded by the drug threat and at a low point of despair.
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Diana Paul Bort lives in Tiburon, California.
with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, LINDA BARGMANN, PAULETTE WATKINS, CAROL CUMMINGS
PART OF A WIDER CIRCLE
PATRICIA KADICK, STAFF EDITOR
LIVE TO BLESS AND BLESS TO LIVE
BY HANS-JOACHIM TRAPP
BLESSINGS ALL AROUND
Jenny Roemer with contributions from Justin Byrd, Emily Snead, Catherine Hellman
TO BE OF SERVICE
BY PAMELA HAWLEY
To defeat the 'real' enemy in the Democratic Republic of Congo
BY MAYAL TSHIABUILA
Friendship AND FITTING IN
BY ANNA-LENA HATHAWAY
DON'T GET HOOKED
BY KATHERINE HOSMER THOMPSON
'RUN WITH ME, GRANDMA!'
BY MARY FORBES
THE PROMISE OF CONTINUOUS RENEWAL
LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
DIANA PAUL BORT
SAFE FROM PLAGUES
'I WALK WITH LOVE TODAY'
PAINFUL TOOTH PERMANENTLY HEALED
SAFE IN THE GULF