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Daily Scripture Reflections

Encountering Someone New

Friday, February 08, 2019 • Elle
Is hospitality a relic?

Hebrews 13:1

Let brotherly love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.

Is hospitality a relic? A charming but antiquated niceness that is no longer feasible in out unpredictable and unreliable world? No, but if we continue to think in those terms, we will find ourselves in a landscape that is unhospitable.  Many of us teach our children to be watchful of a stranger who approaches them, but have you ever  seen the way a child will converse with a complete stranger? 

I cannot recall the sepcifics but there is a story a mom tells about how her child ran up to an unkempt person at a park and offered her snack.  The mom, at first terrified, was soon reduced to tears at the simplicity and gentleness of this encounter between her daughter and a stranger.  

As we pray today for peace, let us also be open to offering a quick blessing to the cashier, or customer, or whoever we meet, even if it is a silent prayer, as we encounter people today. 

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