“The commandments, Never commit adultery; never murder; never steal; never have wrong desires;” and every other commandment are summed up in this statement:
‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’
Love never does anything that is harmful to a neighbor. Therefore, love fulfills Moses’ teachings.”
She came riding up in a cloud of dust on her bicycle. I’d never seen her before, and she was smokin’! (Not a cigarette….it was more like coming out of her ears…) I was new to the neighborhood, and wasn’t sure if this was a local custom of welcoming or what. I greeted her with a smile and a friendly “Hello!” She in turn, began shouting something about our chickens, her bird-feeder, and her sister’s dog. Trying to push the image of the Wizard of Oz character on the bicycle out of my head, I gathered that our little brood of free-ranging chickens were visiting her birdfeeder each morning, scaring a small dog, and the rooster was announcing himself and his ladies far too early in the day.
At the conclusion of her welcome-to-the-neighborhood speech, she climbed back onto her bicycle and disappeared into the cloud of dust from which she had come. (Heading to the house to report our ‘visitation’, I did give into the temptation to hum the little theme song from that bicycle scene in the movie.)
It had been easy to “love the neighbor” directly next to us. So warm, friendly, hospitable. But the Bike Lady was another thing.
God doesn’t give exceptions to the Neighbor Rule. In fact, that Rule sums up all of the Commandments and Moses’ teachings. He provided a very basic practicum in living out all of those ageless Commandments. . . literally right next door.
So next time you have a visitation from That Neighbor . . . 😉
You get the Idea. . .