RelationshipNew Every Morning | November 10, 2020
Only when we practice a hospitality that welcomes people while making it clear that we need something they offer us in return can transformation at the deepest level occur. When we live by the conviction that everyone brings a gift that someone else desperately needs, we move from hospitality to relationship. There is always a place for hospitality, but over time the Divine yearns for us to move into relationship. And if we continually insist on being the host—the dispenser of hospitality—we essentially cling to privilege and ignore the gifts of others.
—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)
How can you practice hospitality while also recognizing the gifts that others bring? Join the conversation.
Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
—Romans 12:13 (NRSV)
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Providing space for honest communication is so important for others. Modelling authenticity creates an arena for others to join in. Time ceases to matter. It can catch people off guard, if they are unfamiliar with it. But very soon, their uncomfortability switches to an openness – where others’ words filter in and ultimately, they begin to share from deep within. I am so grateful for being a recipient of this and will strive to create it in future small group interactions.
Grateful for time following my last class yesterday to get out into the beautiful weather for a walk and more raking. I had raked on Sunday, but by yesterday afternoon my back yard was blanketed with another layer of golden leaves. How unspeakably pleasant to be raking in shorts instead of ski caps and gloves.
In Our Households, Heavenly Father
In our households heavenly Father
Bless the bonds that make us one
May our love reflect Your loving
May Your will be always done
Send Your Spirit to inspire us
And to teach Your discipline
May our acts and conversations
Show Your peace and joy within
And in single life or married
make us open to your call
to encourage comfort others
and show love to one and all
Help us make our homes a haven
Quick with hospitality
Move us Lord to serve each other
With true love and charity
Marie J. Post / Rolf Bouma
I have always assumed I can gain something from others. That everyone has value and has something unique to offer me and the world in general. I am less sure that I have anything to offer others other than prayers.
Prayers for Jill and Larry. May Larry’s brother find relief from the effects from cancer treatment and may the treatment be effective.
Prayers for Marcy who should be receiving her shots this week, may they be effective.
Prayers for Robert and his faith community who are taking advantage of the warm weather to have socially distanced, outside gatherings.
Prayers for Ally and david, may they both be healing and recovering with minimal issues and pain.
I found out this morning that h totaled his truck and now has a rental car so he can drive around to find a new one. Meanwhile he has no sign of having had an accident, not even a scratch and my car is almost 20 years old. Not sure I believe h.
When I first read this I was a little taken back expecting something in return for hospitality. I have often read and been taught to give without expecting anything in return. BUT that the guest can offer something to me, surely is a wonderful idea.
Pentecostalism was the topic of this morning’s Bible study. The role of and importance of the Holy Spirit , being baptized by the Holy Spirt, healing prayers and many related topics were discussed. Next week: Methodism. Though this study I’ve learned that there are many aspects of other denominations that are helpful to all Christians.
Prayers of thanks for Macy’s posted hymn and Julie’s prayers for others. I too pray for Jill, Larry, his brother, Julie’s situation, Marcy’s well being and health, Ally and David, the transition from one administration to another, the hope of a 90% effective Covid vaccine, the rising cases of the virus here in New England and across the US. Thank You, Lord.