They moved into our neighbourhood a year ago and it hasn’t been the same place since.

Luke 1:57-66

Reference: Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. (‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭58‬ NIV)

Explore: I have the best neighbours in the whole world! They moved into our neighbourhood a year ago and made it a better place.

We love having a chat, our children move freely from one property to the next and I feel I could ask them for assistance at any time. In fact, often they will help with gardening or a meal before I even have to ask!

I love our house, but our home is even better because of the neighbours around us.

Application: I love how Elizabeth’s neighbours were there for her when John was born. Babies can be quite overwhelming and the help of family and friends can make a huge difference.

I get the feeling Elizabeth lived in a time when community was much stronger than it is today where I live in Australia. We strive so much for independence that I think we lose a sense of who we are and where we come from.

I’m all for being self sufficient (and I’m sure my parents were happy when that happened too!) but let’s not lose our connection with the rest of humanity as we strive to make our own difference in the world.

Prayer: Lord, You bring us into this world into a community. While we grow and mature, help us to deepen our ties to You and the faith communities You have created for us. Amen.

Where do you need to make stronger connections?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.