At the end of April our Crossfire Youth Ministry hosted some 25 of our neighbors from East Plano Islamic Center for invigorating games of Bubble Soccer followed by conversation around pizza. It was tasty, educational and good fun. 

Our neighbors felt so welcomed that they have in turn invited a few of us for fellowship and a break-the-fast-for-Ramadan dinner at their place this Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. In solidarity with them and our own Christian practice, I will fast that day as well. Our visit will begin with a tour of their new facility and conclude with dinner at 8:36 (sundown) ... just like neighbors do when they go to each other's homes.

In a fearful culture where armed citizens stage protests against neighbors outside of their mosques, it is important for Christians to ponder Jesus' response to the question, "Who is my neighbor?" (Luke 10:25-37). For two great faiths that put such emphasis on communion around a shared meal, I can think of few more loving acts than to simply make and accept an invitation to dinner.

Here's to peace & neighbor-making,

 

Matt Gaston
Lead Pastor