I am not sure where to put this so I guess it is general. I just wanted to share this. Earlier this year I preached a message from Luke 11:5-8.  And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;  For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?  And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. My message went along the lines of this. When that knock on your door comes at midnight (and it will), when you are faced with people in need, what will you give them? As Christians of course we should be prepared to meet those needs, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of others. We have the bread of life. We have the salvation of the gospel. We have those things that the world hungers for (whether they know it or not) and we should be prepared to offer it to them. When faced with the trials of life, when faced with poverty and sickness and pain and loss and even death the world shrugs their shoulders and says, “Man, that’s too bad.” They might cry and hug and try to comfort one another, but in the end they have nothing. They cannot help because they have no bread to offer. The world does not have the answers. As Christians we do. Last week I was at a service and we had a time for testimonies. One of the young men got up and talked. His wife is noticeably pregnant. He talked and talked about other things and to me anyway it was obvious he was skirting around what he really wanted to say. Finally he got to it. With tears in his eyes he explained that some tests had come back bad on their baby and they were worried. He asked that we pray for them. Immediately, without another word, just about every adult in the church got up and went to the alter. One of the ladies grabbed his wife and we all gathered around this couple. We laid hands on them and all prayed. Some prayed silently, others aloud in the communal prayer tradition of the mountains. One of the guys got some oil and anointed them. We prayed for the baby and his (don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet) health. We prayed for the couple that this would bring them closer together and not drive them apart. We praised God for what he had already done and thanked him for what he would do. I don’t have any answers to our prayers yet but it was a pretty awesome God moment. Please pray for this couple yourselves and I will try to update you when we know more. Afterwards, on the way home, I remembered my earlier message. You know faced with that same situation the world can sympathize, but has nothing to offer. They have no bread. Yet as Christians we have something we can do and something to offer in the direst of times. We can do more than simply shrug and say, that’s bad. It is good to actually have something to give. Here is something else really cool. I had two of my children with me there, my oldest who is 16 and his sister who is 10. I got up when everyone else did and we prayed. I guess I had just assumed that my children would sit there in the pew and wait. That is what other kids there (and some of the adults who were not comfortable getting up) did. But after we prayed, and we prayed for 10 or 15 minutes, not a super long time, but we did not rush. Anyway, after we prayed I got up and turned around to go pack to my pew, and there was my son right there praying with the rest of us. I never told him to or even talked to him about it, he just did it. Wow, it is exciting to watch him grow in body and in spirit. Just wanted to share this, comment if you want.