The Common Good

50 Ways to Love Your Neighbor

With the National Day of Prayer coming up (May 7), a lot of folks around the country are organizing prayer services in church sanctuaries and town halls. We're all for getting together to say prayers ... but we're also challenged by the ways scripture stirs us to become the answer to our prayers. So we decided to start a little campaign. Here are 50 ways -- some little, some bigger -- that we can start to be the church we pray for. If you can join us in committing to do at least one of these things between now and May 7, consider yourself a member of the movement and share the list with your friends. Maybe we're a little late for a national organizing committee ... but, then again, maybe we don't need one. May the Spirit spread its truth like kudzu, and may God's kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

  1. Fast for the 2 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day.
  2. Contact your local crisis pregnancy center and invite a pregnant woman to live with your family.
  3. Ask your pastor if someone on your church's sick list would like a visit.
  4. Join an open AA meeting and befriend someone there.
  5. Adopt a child.
  6. Mow your neighbor's grass.
  7. Volunteer to tutor a kid at your local elementary school. (Try to get to know the kid's family.)
  8. Grow your own tomatoes
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