For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:17-18

(Continued from Day 25)
Maybe I need to have a word with Pastor Andrew.
I’m sure that there’s something I can do.
Stefano hears the voice of his wife, Sofia, calling to him from their bedroom. He walks quickly to her, addressing her in a gentle and intimate voice. She’s buried under a mountain of blankets, only her head can be seen.
“My love, how are you this morning?”
“I’m good, the boys are playing quietly, and breakfast will be on soon. Did you want anything?”
Sofia stretches and yawns.
“No, no, other than for this little girl to stop treating my organs like a punching bag. She’ll be just as rough and tumble as the boys are. Did I hear you on the phone earlier?”
“Yeah, yeah, I called Tommy.”
“Oh? How is he doing?”
“He’s good, he’s invited us over for dinner on Thursday.”
“Mm, sounds good. We should have a big dinner ourselves sometime soon, invite him and others from church over. Maybe next month?”
“Yeah, yeah, I’d like that. Will you be okay for it?”
“That’s why I said next month. The doctor said I should be better by then. Last trimester and all.”
“Yeah, that’s right. Hey, can we invite the neighbours over too?”
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“Who? The older couple, or the Indians on the other side?”
“I was thinking both. We really need to get to know the people who live around us.”
The young woman sits up, and rubs her eyes.
“Are you sure? I’ve not heard you talk about it before.”
“I’m sure. I just… I feel that we need to love our neighbours better. Maybe they’re in a good place, maybe they’re not, but if we don’t know, how can we show them that we care?”
“Well that’s true. If you want to do that Stef, then I’m all for it. Why don’t you go and talk with them when you get home from work tonight?”
“I will. Love you baby.”
“I love you too.”
Heavenly Father,
We thank you that you care for all people, that you cause the rain to fall on the righteous and unrighteous alike.
We repent of our closed-mindedness, that we have in the past, and even now, focussed on our own lives and communities to the exclusion of others, others whom you have created in your image.
May the Holy Spirit help us as a nation to welcome those who are different to us, that we might show them the same love that you have shown to us.
In Jesus’ name,

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