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Mummified body found in front of blaring TV

Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:15pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police called to a Long Island man’s house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.
The 70-year-old Hampton Bays, New York, resident, identified as Vincenzo Ricardo, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said on Saturday his body was discovered on Thursday when they were called to the house over a burst water pipe.
Officials could not explain why the electricity had not been turned off, considering Ricardo had not been heard from since December 2005.
Neighbors said when they had not seen Ricardo, who was diabetic and had been blind for years, they assumed he was in the hospital or a long-term care facility.

How could a person live in such isolation that he could be dead for an entire year without anyone missing him?  How could neighbors be so involved in their own situations that they don’t consider it important to at least knock on the door of a blind diabetic every day or so to make sure that he’s ok?

This story highlights the worst of modern maladies.  Modern marvels like television, air conditioning and the internet have sequestered our lives and cut us off from the community.  You pull up to your home, punch the garage door, pull into the garage, close the door with a button, walk into the house hit the light switch, turn on the television, and shut out the world.

It creates a weird world. We know more about Tom Brady or the Kardashians than we do about the neighbor across the street. NO wonder American’s feel so lonely and detached.

I agree with the Rascall Flatts tune.  I miss” Mayberry.” Have you heard the tune:

Well I miss Mayberry
Sittin on the porch drinking ice cold Cherry Coke
Where everything is black & white
Pickin on a Six String
Where people pass by and you call them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by

God wants us to stay connected.

We need each other.

Get up, get out of that house and get to know someone. Here’s a great place to start. Church. If you don’t go to church anywhere I want to encourage you to start. I know there are plenty of irritating people there, but there are also some real saints that you need to get to know.

Here’s a verse,

Hebrews 10:24 Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.

(I love that, “outbursts of love”)

25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near.

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