There Are No Strangers Here

Colorado Springs is known for being the home of Pikes Peak, America’s mountain which stands at 14,115 above sea level. It’s the mountain that inspired the song America the Beautiful. It’s home to the highest automobile and motorcycle race, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It’s also surrounded by five military facilities; the Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force base, Schriever Air Force base and NORAD. Besides being bored into a mountain with 2,000 feet of granite above it to withstand an electromagnetic pulse, NORAD is also known for its Santa Tracker. J

With sooo many military facilities in the area, our community is VERY transient, as is our neighborhood. It seems each month we have moving trucks along the street with a family transitioning to a new city. How do you create friendships with neighbors when these families are always on the move? You bring your barbeque grill to the end of your driveway and start grilling! This simple gesture in early June has since led to meeting neighbors for the first time in the four years we’ve lived in our home. We now have a Facebook group called Mantson Grill Night! Each Thursday evening a different neighbor supply’s the driveway and barbeque. It’s like a good ol’ potluck. It’s a time when the neighborhood kids can play together well into the dark, a time for the adults to chat… and test our skills at ladder ball or cornhole.

How can I live out the greatest commandment, even after a long day working “in ministry,” if I purposely let the garage door shut as soon as I pull in my car, thus ignoring the strangers living right next door? Beth Becall’s devotion a few weeks ago included lyrics from Josh Wilson; “Just let Jesus use you where you are.” Our grill nights are nothing spectacular; it’s where we are trying to live out Matthew 22:36. Besides, William Butler Yeats said- “There are no strangers here; only friends you have not met.”

Brian Krause
Focus On The Family
Syndication Manager

 

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