HospitalityNew Every Morning | June 6, 2022
Acts of generosity and hospitality can never be underestimated for their potential to provide strength and encouragement to others, especially when needed most. When we anticipate and then act to meet others’ needs and concerns, no matter how menial, we affirm our commitment to several truths: It is better to give than to receive; we are our brother’s (and sister’s) keeper; and we more fully understand that “their destiny is tied up with our destiny,” as Martin Luther King Jr. stated.
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
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Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality to strangers.
—Romans 12:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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I pray for God to lead me to someone who needs my hospitality today. I also pray for him to help me show hospitality to h. I can show hospitality to my fellow NEM commenters by praying for them and their unique situations and cares.
I spoke to Megan regarding her paying for her own clothes and shoes and she took it better than I had anticipated. I used words like self actualization and agency to help her see that it was for her own good. I truly believe that it is best as she has had reactions lately that led me to believe that she did not understand that if I told her no about buying something that she could then purchase it for herself. This weekend was very bad with h. He is very disoriented and confused and says things that are nonsense and does not recognize objects that have been in the house for quite some time.
Prayers for Ally as she embarks on her new job, may it be an answer to prayers. Prayers for April and her loved one as they both experience God’s healing love. Prayers for Jill and her family as they continue to honor those in their family who are older and give them the respect and love they need. Prayers for Lou as she enjoys time with her children, may they remain close always. Prayers for Rick and Scott, may their relationship flourish. Prayers for Robert and his church as they continue to search for a pastor to shepherd them permanently.
I am showing hospitality to my tennis teammate – today with two simple texts. Likely a missed opportunity to share some time with her tonight at our team’s match. I was not scheduled to play and she was coming to support us all (she got bumped up and is no longer a member of tonight’s team). But – I got an intense migraine this afternoon, so I am not going. I am feeling better, but am just going to go to bed.
It has been over 2 years since I have had a migraine, and longer that I have had one this intense. I am so grateful. Grateful it didn’t really reach its height until I was home from golfing with dad. Grateful I didn’t have any during school. Grateful I wasn’t scheduled to play tonight. I was able to fix myself dinner, after lying flat for most of the afternoon. Dinner helped and I am confident I will feel well in the morning. Grateful, too , for having not-oudated migraine meds in my cupboard.