August 11, 2010

My Neighborhood

I live just behind this line of houses you see. I see this sight everyday.
I thank God for placing me in this beautiful neighborhood where people are, though poor,  friendly and hospitable. I see hope whenever they smile at me.

I thank God that I didn't have to live in a house like this. Though I have no house of my own but I can rent a decent one to call my home.

I thank God that I can share a little hope for my neighbors. Whenever they hear of my free English classes and community library, they beam with hope and are sometimes teary eyed. I cannot build them a better house but at least I can help build a better future for their children.

"I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers, 
you did it for me."

Matthew 25:40


More Weekend Reflection here.




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful post. I know your Savior is delighted with your overflowing love for your neighbors, and with the way you express your love. I am so proud of you! Ate Theresa

Luna Miranda said...

free English classes and a community library are wonderful contributions to your neighbors. kindness, in whatever form, is never lost. more power to you!

J Bar said...

Interesting.

michael said...

What a gift to count your blessings in this way.

RNSANE said...

The gift of education is, indeed, such a generous one and will both adults and chidlren in such a great way.

LLJ said...

Ruth, what a blessing! I thank God for your light there in your neighborhood. Thank you for your servant's heart. I really enjoy seeing your pictures! Thanks for sharing!
Leanne

Manang Kim said...

This is also a sight that is lurking at every corner in my hometown. And yes to see their eyes glitter because they knew someone cared for them, is priceless. God will give you more blessings and graces for all the service that you give to this people. Happy Wednesday!

WateryWednesday

munchesmom said...

How wonderful to be able to see the beauty in your surroundings! Your neighbors are truly blessed to have you there w/ them. God bless you & all that you're doing for Him & his people.

Tricia said...

Thank GOD for what we ARE given... God bless you!!!

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

A beautiful post from a beautiful person...thank you, dear Ruth, for sharing your blessings AND for giving so much of your heart and soul to others...I admire your family and the ways in which you reach out to your community.

Lady Rose said...

These pictures are heart-breaking, but your neighbors must be truly blessed by you that you provide them with english classes and a free library. You truly are a true servant of the Lord to do these things.

Goose Hill Farm said...

Sweet Ruth~

How blessed you are to be able to see the beauty around you1 You are truly a blessing!

Hugs~
Laura

'Tsuki said...

I hope the poor people that were inside the house that collapsed have been okay since then... Great sharing, very emotional... Thank you so much for your contribution.

Regina said...

Such a blessing to have you as neighbor.
Have a wonderful new week.

xo

Anonymous said...

your writing is really great..keep it up!