When Love Moves into the neighborhood

When love moves into the neighborhood

a door to the heart is opened.

The lonely child finds company.

A rejected child receives affirmation.

A tormented child is held firmly, gentled into safety.

When love moves into the neighborhood

help is but a door away.

Leaves are raked.

A drive way plowed.

A sidewalk shoveled.

A bathtub installed on a “pay as you can” plan.

And, all summer long, flowers bloom under every light pole.

When love moves into the neighborhood

fear takes a backseat to kindness.

And walking the dog or riding your bike

is just another way to bless.

Like brilliantly colored leaves falling off the maples

each one of us sheds love and light everywhere we go.

Because, when love resides in our hearts,

it moves into the neighborhood.

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