When Tommy Larkin, 30, began searching for his long-lost biological brother, he didn’t know how far he’d have to travel from his Newfoundland, Canada, home. Then the agency that arranged adoptions for both boys when they were toddlers called with the address of Larkin’s brother, Stephen Goosney, 29. It was right across the street. “I said . . . ‘I am looking at the house right now!’” recalls Larkin. Now the two see each other nearly every day. “We both have families,” Goosney said, “but this is as close as it gets.”
--The Week April 16, 2010 p. 2 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Larkin’s story is larger than life—his long lost brother was a neighbor he’d never taken time to know. While the odds of your neighbor being a biological brother are microscopic, the odds that they could be a friend are great.
Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' (31) The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.’”