Community is loving my neighbor, my brother, and my friend. Who are the least of these? Shouldn’t I know or does it matter? Without a face or name would my love be the same; a question maybe we should bring to the table to see where our treasures lie.

Without a face or name there’s the body; now we’re getting somewhere! Everybody is somebody, which should be the reason we reach out to one another in love, caring and community. This love is revolutionary and changes things. A smile ignites the soul; a caring heart that gives a hug is a touch that change holds. To be present is to give of yourself. These are the defining moments of community.

To touch a life, regardless of the pedigree, is to be a part of making a difference, something that we all are called to do. We all have or had a need to be a part of something. Community chooses every one; no one is left out, so let’s take an active part in sharing love and compassion toward one another.

”Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:37-40 (KJV)

May we be infectious, contagious with our smiles, hugs and presence in the midst of others wherever we may be. May we see the change that love brings and embrace it, reverencing the greatest love of all.

”For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 (KJV)

I’ve been made aware through trials and perseverance the respect and consideration and, most of all, compassion that I must have for others. This storm came and made me stronger and turned my focus that I may consider myself in affiliation with others that no one has any idea the battles that are waging in the lives of people we see every day.

Whatever your ministry is, share it with others because a soul knows a kindred one, and when you’re able to touch the heart of someone, it can be life changing. Let’s love with the magnitude of our hearts because people are hungry for exactly what you have to minister to them.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

”But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.” — II Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)

Their consolation and salvation, the way God delivered them, their ministry was yet for the church. Our struggles aren’t our own but windows that others may see their way through.

May you be enlightened by the road we all must take that is not without perseverance or trials or tribulation, neither is it without triumph, victory and revelations. Because we stand through the rain that befalls us all, we somehow are better for it. This mystery is revealed by our faith and the individual strives for the Lord in our lives. No matter who’s thirsty for the ministry you’re blessed with, it’s a rite of passage to share the blessings of God.

Today as we circulate in this community, may our hearts be open and receptive to God and loving to all people, with anticipation of receiving a blessing as well.

”Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” — Hebrews 13:2 (KJV)

This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at