You Shall Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself”  Luke 10:25-37

Clay lives a block from our home and he and my son, Joel, have become friends.  They are in the same Cub Scout pack that uses our church building and they run around quite a bit together.  So far this summer, they seem to be really close.  I have “prodded” Clay and his parents (and brother Sam) to come and join us for worship and, so far, to no avail.  I believe they do occasionally go to church but I am not sure exactly where.

We have become friends and we’ve had them over and vice versa.  Last night Clay spent the night at our home.  His mother came by in the evening and brought over a change of clothes, etc for him.  As we all talked his mother headed for the door but not before Clay could run up to her and say “Mommy, bedtime prayers, bedtime prayers.”   And they hugged one another and prayed right there in our doorway.  Something we don’t even do…in fact as our son has gotten older we’ve moved away from our routine of bedtime prayers/Lord’s prayer.

 I thought, wow, here is a family that I thought was without and they were with.  I mean they don’t’ have a church home, they don’t attend anywhere regularly, and I am sure they don’t give much money anywhere……

But they pray at bedtime….and who am I to judge anyway?  Just like the Good Samaritan in our Gospel lesson Sunday, just love people where they are and give them help in times of need….and renew yourself in God’s grace and love……and have your bedtime prayers with our without another…


Pastor Doug