Day 16 – Love thy (single) Neighbour

Day 16 – Love thy (single) Neighbour

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.'”
Luke 10:25-27

(Continued from Day 12)
Maybe? I don’t know. It’s a lot to take in.”
Not really. I’m still me, I’m just not the same as everyone else. Never have been. We’re still sisters, and we’re still besties. None of that has to change.”
Deanna picks up her coffee again, and sips it quietly for a few moments, thinking.
How could I have known Bec for so long, and never asked this? How could I have blundered like this?
I assumed. That’s what I did.
Those times when I spoke about Mark, about other boys, she always showed interest, she always cared – did I mistake that for interest in the subject? Was it genuine? Has something changed?
You’re right Bec, we’re still sisters. We‘re still besties. I am sorry though, I should have known, I should have asked earlier. I mean, we’ve known each other for two years now, and I never thought to ask about what you wanted in life.”
Rebecca shakes her head, and reaches out to touch Dee’s hand.
It really is okay. You did ask gently a few times, but I didn’t really want to talk about it. How do you explain that you aren’t like everyone else in the church? Or that you’re different to most people in society? And how do I talk about it with my best friend, when she’s engaged to be married?”
So… what does this mean for you? No husband, no kids, no… no-one to look after you when you’re older?”
To be honest Dee, it’s part of the reason I came to church the first time.

Really? Why?”

Most people just don’t understand. My family sure doesn’t… mum thinks I’ll grow out of it, dad is convinced that I’m doing it to hurt him. But I remember when I was a girl, when I was in school, there was this kind old lady who came and saw us once a week. She was single, and happy, and she loved Jesus, the Son of God, a man who served God and was happily single.
And I thought ‘If Jesus was happy and single, and this lovely lady is the same, then maybe Christianity is different from what the rest of the world is.'”
(To be continued…)
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, that he showed us a different way to live.
We repent of not loving our neighbours as you have called us to.
May the Holy Spirit help us to know how to best love those who are different to ourselves, help and encourage us to do so.
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

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