at last night's cohort meeting we welcomed a pastor and first time attender named jeff. at some point in the evening he mentioned that during last sunday's sermon he told the congregation to take a moment and take a good, long look at the people around them because:
"the people you see are your social security. in times of economic hardship and strife our real dependence is not upon the government, but upon each other."
that really struck a cord with me. what a creative way to challenge people to set aside their fear in order to trust God and one another.