Spiritual Director · September 16, 2010

You Shall Love the Lord your God

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 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, the 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?

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

Peace,
Pastor Doug

Eric Needle
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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.