Day 17 – Love thy (struggling) Neighbour

Day 17 – Love thy (struggling) Neighbour

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
 
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:37-40

(Continued from Day 13)
 
And Tommy… he’s the one who got Pastor Andrew involved.
 
I wonder how he’s doing? He comes off nightshift at 6am, so he’ll be up now…
 
With that thought, Stefano takes out his mobile phone and calls his friend. The phone rings a few times before a weary sounding voice answers.
 
Hello, Tommy here”
 
Hey Tommy, it’s Stefano.
 
Realising who it is, Tommy’s voice picks up.
 
Stefano! Brother, it’s been a while. How’s Sofia, and little Dom and Paulo?”
 
They’re good, well, Sofia is sick, but seems that’s the price we pay for pregnancy. Much better than with the twins, at least.”
 
Good to hear, good to hear. Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t been around recently, you know what work is like. Days, night, weekends, they’ve got me all over the shop. It pays the bills, but it’s hard on a guy.”
 
I hear you there. It’s tough enough for me working the daily grind.”
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Hey brother, why don’t you and Sof and the boys come over for dinner this week? I’ve got Thursday night off, I’ll do a roast, and we can chat about the old days at school.”
 
Sure thing Tommy. Do you have a housemate at the moment?”
 
Nah, the last one got hitched and left. Just me on my lonesome for now, but sure enough, God will send someone my way sooner or later.”
 
Sure, sure. I‘ll bring some wine for you and I then. Red or white?”
 
Make it a bottle of Bordeaux, I’ll cook lamb.”
 
Done deal! Thanks Tommy. Oh hey, before I go, I wanted to say thank you for how you helped me out, back when Sofia and I were struggling.”
 
“Don‘t mention it. It’s what friends are for, right? See you Thursday.”
 
(To be continued…)
 
Heavenly Father,
We thank you that you built us for relationship, that we are not meant to be alone in life.
We thank you for those who are called to singleness, and for the freedom they have to minister and work with your people.
May the Holy Spirit remind us of their value, that we would not neglect them but instead would celebrate them and journey with them through life.
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

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