Today, October 15, is “Blog Action Day.” Around the world, bloggers are posting on the same topic. This year’s theme is, “Poverty”.
The challenge for us who live in our region is having the eyes to see the poverty around us. We can easily pretend that it doesn’t exist. For example, one major newspaper described our political riding for yesterday’s election like this:
This affluent, mostly white riding by Lake Ontario has at times been nicknamed “Borington” because its wealthy, mostly educated constituents have a penchant for not shaking things up – at least politically.
If this is how we choose to see ourselves, we will never engage the economic and ethnic diversity of our region. As a church, I am thankful that we are beginning to become more aware of some of the poverty “hidden” among us with our embrace of a ministry at a local motel that serves as home for a number of people with significant struggles.
On October 25, our church is holding a “Serve Burlington” day. Events like this are small steps, but they help soften our heart toward those who are an important part of our community but are often forgotten and overlooked. It’s all part of learning to follow the path of Jesus.