Recently we were sharing lunch together after church with the families that have younger children. One of our “neighbors” from down the road had visited church once before, invited by another family. Having never met him myself, I mistakenly thought he was sitting several rows ahead of us that Sabbath and encouraged DJ to invite him to stay for some food. He did, but then quite quickly realized that it wasn’t our neighbor at all! Oops!
As DJ chatted with the elderly man and his wife, he learned that the man was blind and had actually been attending church there for 25 years! They don’t have any children, only a few relatives nearby and are quite lonely folks. The wife struggles to understand Spanish and both are a bit hard of hearing, making church services more of a formality for them. DJ offered to drive them home and stopped by our house on the way to grab an audio Bible to share. They were delighted with the gift! What we thought was a big oops, God turned into an even bigger blessing for that couple.
The battle going on today is a fierce one. For some, demon possession lies prey at their front door; for others, derailment from a spiritual focus hides crouched at the back door. Let’s pray for opportunities to share the good news of Christ’s soon return with our neighbors and those we come in contact with!