Two weeks ago, with a little bit of confetti and a whole lot of rain, we gathered to celebrate and mark the beginning of construction on our 4th home in Oak Park. Surrounded by family, friends and new neighbors, we huddled under a tent, as it poured down rain, singing “It’s you, it’s me, it’s us, it’s God, it’s love, that builds community.”
I first met Laurence in 2009 when I was working part-time as a support worker at L’Arche. He and his family hosted us for a Christmas dinner in their home. Still being new to Chicago, it was one of the first homes I’d been invited to. I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed by Laurence, even though I was a new, occasional face in L’Arche.
I don’t know what I’d do without L’Arche as my neighbor. When I was a child “neighborhood” equaled “community.” But for many reasons we’ve lost that. L’Arche has helped to renew a sense of what neighborliness is all about—taking care of each other through prayer, care and spending time together. If a L’Arche house moves into your neighborhood, you’ll be sure to see what it means to “love thy neighbor.”