“Love your neighbor as yourself.” -Jesus
“We welcome people of all races, cultures, and ethnicities into our churches, neighborhoods, homes and communities.” – 30+ Lake County churches in a joint statement
“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” – You & me
I am sure we all try to live out this welcome in our lives. We strive to treat everyone we meet with respect and kindness that shines the light of Christ. Individual kindness is essential but not sufficient. We also need to announce it in public.
We need to find our megaphones and announce welcome to our neighborhoods and communities, to proclaim it loudly and invite others to join their voices.
The whisper of kindness in our individual relationships grows into a loud voice proclaiming welcome when we echo each other.
These yard signs are showing up in communities around the country. I plan to put one up in my yard. Some people might notice it. Some people might read it. Lots of people probably will not notice it.
But what if, on the next block, someone echoes it…
And a neighborhood over, it echoes again…
The welcome gets louder. The echoed message makes our neighborhood a more welcoming community, just as we have promised.
Do you want to echo welcome to our neighbors? Drop me a note and we’ll connect! I’ll order signs. The cost is $15 each. You can find my e-mail address is on the About page.