As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:1-6

(Continued from Day 24)
 
Hah, probably! It’s worth it though.”
 
Making things right always is.”
 
Rebecca and Deanna step back, wiping their eyes.
 
So, Bec, how can I help make things right, for you and others?”
 
More coffee would be a good start.”
 
They laugh together, the tension finally released from their meeting.
 
Seriously though?”
 
Seriously? Well… I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it before. You already do a lot of good things, although you probably haven’t realised it.”
 
What do you mean?”
 
Well, you’re meeting with me for coffee today, even though the wedding was only a few weeks ago. You asked me to pray at your wedding. You’ve not cut me out of your life, even though many others would have.”
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You know; I was just doing what I felt was right. I hadn’t even thought about how it would affect someone who was happily single. You’re my best friend Bec. Of course you’re part of my life.”
 
Mmm, and that’s why it’s so good. You’re doing it naturally, without overthinking it. But sometimes it would be good if you could deliberately include others who are single. As people pair off, we singles can get lonely, and often that means we end up seeking new friendships or we end up isolated and alone.”
 
Now that I think about it, my parents don’t really have any single friends. Well, other than Father David.”
 
Exactly. It’s not that there aren’t single people around in every age group, it’s that too often they’re excluded. We need to be included, we need to be made to feel welcome, and it has to be something that makes us feel wanted, not just included for the sake of it. No-one wants to be the kid who gets picked last for teams.”
 
I’ll always pick you first, my sister.”
 
Me too, Dee, me too.”
 
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for unity, that you have created the body of Christ to be broad and diverse, but also to work together in you.
We repent of our division, that too often we allow our differences to drive us apart, when it is your desire that our differences be celebrated and utilised for kingdom work.
May the Holy Spirit work in our nation, our communities and our families to help us to overcome the barriers between integration, that we would love one another as you call us to.
In Jesus‘ name,
Amen

Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declaration also thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance