Two Denver pastors (Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak) read God’s command to go and love our neighbor and asked, “What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?”
They felt a conviction that the average home in America can be described as a castle. The driveway is the moat. The garage door is the drawbridge. And most “kings and queens” of their castles come home every night and, when they pull into their garages, close the drawbridge.
Pray for One: the prayer we offer as our eyes open for the morning, before our feet hit the floor, for anyone we might meet that day, desperate to know if God is real. “Father, here I am; send me to show them Your love.”
Pray for One 201: the prayer we offer each day for a family member, friend—or perhaps, our actual neighbor—in need of God’s forgiveness, healing, and freedom.
Let’s pray for opportunities to better know and love our actual neighbors. Let’s pray for a growing friendship with our actual neighbors, that we might invite them to join us on the Journey in Worship (our love for God), in Community (our love for them), and in Service (our love for the world).
Late yesterday afternoon, I pulled in the driveway after a run on the canal path. Ellen was across the street talking to our neighbors. Mike had just finished his run through the neighborhood. I marveled at how much faster he was than I am. But, we lingered in their driveway, deepening a friendship.
Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. Just maybe He also meant our actual neighbors!