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Luke 11:5-8 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.”
When my friend of longest standing called after midnight to pour out her soul about a marital problem, I thought she was pushing the limits of our friendship. I felt unable—and unwilling—to give her anything at that hour. But her need to talk was greater than my need to sleep. Had I put off the call to a more convenient time, my shame would have been greater than her persistence. So I listened. And both of us were blessed.
MOVING FORWARD: How do you show hospitality and kindness during times of stress or in surprise situations? How can you plan to respond wholeheartedly, even when the call may come at 4 a.m.?