I met my brother in 2007 at church. I remember during the greeting time when everyone welcomed and greeted each other, he stood by the entrance door observing everyone with a smile just taking everything in. He had introduced himself to the congregation earlier during or visitors welcome and where he was from.
After service, as we were driving home, I saw him walking towards the metro station all alone and I felt the need to stop and offer him a ride.
We stopped and offered him a ride but on the way we extended an invitation to stop by our home for lunch first which he accepted. Subsequently we hosted my brother after service each week until it was time for him to return to his homeland across the seas on another continent.
We had such a good time fellowshipping after church each week. We ate, sang, laughed shared stories of life experiences, laughed some more, took pictures and had a great time. Coming down to the end of his stay, my brother, a very talented and educated artist sketched and beautifully framed a picture he took of me. He wrote an inspiring poem and scripture on the back. To this day it is proudly displayed when you walk in my home.
My brother returned in 2008 and though we didn't get to connect until almost the end when it was a few days for his return, we caught up anyhow and we were delighted to meet again.
My brother and I have kept in touch ever since our initial meeting. The bond we shared was so innocent, pure, respectful, honest, kind so much so that I was completely unguarded and myself in our interactions.
There was a voice that spoke to me recently that said open your eyes, open your ears, open your heart. I have been and I'm learning so much about myself in the process. I hope and pray that our friendship will extend for a lifetime in the way that only God designs, sanctions and blesses.
My friend and brother is so kind hearted, giving, compassionate, loving, unselfish, in tune with his emotions amongst other things.
Lord you know all things and understand all things. Bless our friendship and make a way for us to be reunited again in person. Thank you for allowing us to cross paths. Let us continue to grow in your grace, strength, example and beauty. Bless my brother in ways that he needs you the most, elevate him in all the virtues of your spirit. Let your favor surround him, In Jesus Name I pray.