The main reason we decided to participate is our conviction that you can’t be salt and light in your community unless you get out of the salt shaker. Years ago, because the event is held on a Sunday night, we would have automatically sent our regrets. And then we began to realize that there are times when a believer’s best place is NOT in the pew–it’s with their neighbors.
So tonight we furnished the appetizers and welcomed our neighbors to our home, then we went on to another house for soup and salad, then we went to another home for desserts. (One year we also included entrees, but it took no time at all to realize that was just TOO MUCH FOOD.)
And in every home we socialized with our neighbors, we laughed, we shared concerns, and we got to know them as people. Neighbors don’t do that so much any more–we’re all too busy working and going about our daily lives. We learned that Lisa grew up in Lynchburg, where we lived ten years, and that Judy and Bud were among the first families in our county, and that Becky met John in college, that Barb enjoys tailgating and rooting for the Bucs, and that John and his son are really into texting. 🙂
We had a wonderful time . . . and though I don’t know what your neighborhood is like, I can assure you that this is a wonderful idea. You might want to give it a try sometime!