Waking a neighbour …
[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series]
If to a friend at midnight
you went to ask for bread, –
‘Another friend has come to stay,
and I’ve no food,’ you said.
Although a friend, he would not
get out of bed, unless
he knew you had an urgent need, –
for help he heard you press.
And will not God, the Father,
if he’s your Friend indeed,
be pleased to hear you earnestly
pray for the help you need?
Tune 76 86 ‘We love the wonderful stories’ (Scottish folk tune) arr W H Hamilton
Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’
Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. …(Luke 11:5–9)