Jesus instructed us, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature". As I see it, one specific way of obeying Jesus' instruction is to go out into our own respective communities, reaching out in love and fellowship to those we meet on our daily rounds.
Mrs. Eddy writes in her Miscellaneous Writings, "Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power".
Recently, I had the opportunity to express Christly love when thinking of a neighbour. When I learned that this lady had been taken ill with a life-threatening disease, I determined that every time I thought of her, I would acknowledge the fact of her present perfection as the child of God, untouched by disease and suffering. My husband and I sent her a card and some flowers, and spoke to her husband from time to time, on each occasion mentally acknowledging this woman's freedom as the beloved daughter of God.
Then, when out shopping one morning, I bumped into this dear one in our local village. I gave her a hug, and asked after her. She said she was making good progress, and thanked us for our loving support over the months. A few days later, we bumped into each other again, and had a warm and animated conversation. These spontaneous meetings began to happen with such regularity that we'd both burst out laughing when we met each other yet again. I knew in my heart that these meetings were no mere coincidence - divine Love was bringing us together in healing fellowship and for mutual blessing.
With each subsequent conversation, we grew closer, and I was able to share spiritual concepts and ideas that I sense she might be ready to hear. On one occasion, she exclaimed, "We are so grateful to you and your husband for all your love. Thank you for being such caring and supportive neighbours!" Her doctors have recently told her that she is now in remission.
We had dinner recently with these dear neighbours, and it was an evening of great joy and thanksgiving. For this opportunity to extend love and fellowship to a neighbour in need, I am very grateful.