5 He also said to them, “Imagine that one of you has a friend and you go to that friend in the middle of the night. Imagine saying, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has arrived and I have nothing to set before him.’
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
What are we to say about a host who wakens a friend, asking for bread to feed a traveler? Intensity in pursuit of compassion trumps convenience. Howes suggests that there is a second meaning — namely, there are times when our inner being mediates between psychological needs and the inner God-process. Whether dealing with the needs of those around me or my own inner needs, persistence partnered with the perspective of the Commonwealth of Peace and Justice is called for. Perhaps it would be beneficial to treat the needy ones around us or within us in a manner like unto that of our children — responding by providing that which has the best chance of moving them toward health and wholeness. That is the way the God-process works.