We Are Community for the week of Sept 11th, 2023, by Joyce Steiner

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Romans 13:8 and 9 “Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another…for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law…Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Saturday evening, I was sitting on the patio talking to a friend who is very ill.  I looked up to find Star link going from west to east directly over my home.  It was beautiful and the first time I had seen it.  Star link is a satellite internet constellation which serves over 60 countries.  Unfortunately, what also came to my mind is that type of world coverage could also be used for harm.  We have seen many, many times what not loving our fellowman can do.  There was Hitler and what he did to the Jewish people and in our present day, Putin and what he is doing in Ukraine.  We have many examples of unlove right here in our country.  Take the political divide as an example.

If we actually loved one another, think how much could be accomplished.  We would not need to spend much of our budget on defense.  We could feed the hungry all over the world.  No one of us can save the world.  We can however show small acts of kindness and love.  We hear about youth who have sold lemonade to raise money to help others, about a person who has risked his own life to pull someone off subway tracks, our own church has a food pantry, we can smile and speak to a stranger and improve both their day and ours.  We can pray for the sick.  We can plant a flower.  We can pick up trash instead of tossing it out.  “Love you neighbor as yourself” so easy to say and so difficult to actually do.

Our community had two deaths on September 1st.  Wade Rittenhouse, 87 who was born in Augusta and is the father of Vicki Belden and Matt Tindell, 52 of Plymouth.  We are sorry to hear the news and send comfort to the family and friends of these two men.

Though Plymouth Rock is not normally open on Monday, we were open for Labor Day.  It was a good day and I would like to thank those who came in and shopped. Also, to the people who made my Saturday fantastic.  Love the antique business as I enjoy the hunt and love the people I meet.  I cleaned a tiny corner of the store this week and found some pieces which had been hidden for years at the back of shelves.

We hear about AI every day.  I try to take photos of the sunset each day even though it is not always possible.  One day this week, I was clicking away as I take at least three photos while the sun goes down.  The sunset was lovely and very few clouds on this particular day.  However, the middle photo of the three shows what appears to be a huge cloud.  It was not there!  Think AI must have taken over my phone-at least that is what I am going to say at this time!

Attended an auction on Thursday and got some things for the store.  Also had steak at Hy-Vee.  Then off to Church Council meeting at Living Faith.  Good meeting.

This week is one of those weeks that is going to be very busy.  Sure yours is the same.  Have a good week.  Enjoy the cooler weather.  Continue to pray for those who are ill-there seem to be so many now.  Most of all, try to figure out how to spread love to the fellow travelers on our planet.

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