New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

Hospitality has been characterized as a gift, even a spiritual gift, though it is not listed as such in the New Testament. There’s no mistaking that some people have natural abilities in the kitchen, in the organizational sphere, in the conversational corner. That’s why it’s so tempting to avoid responsibility: hospitality, it’s not my gift.

But the Bible calls for everyone to give it a try: “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality,” writes Paul (Rom. 12:13). Other epistle writers add qualifying phrases: “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9). And “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers” (Heb. 13:2).

—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

Do you think hospitality is one of your spiritual gifts? If not, what could you do to improve your hospitality? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
—1 Peter 4:9 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, you serve as a model for any host: you accept us as we are, even as you call us to be our best selves. As we serve others, give us a vision for anticipating the banquet we will someday, in some way, enjoy in your kingdom.
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table
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  • robert moeller Posted October 23, 2023 6:19 am

    Hospitality is not natural to me, but I am improving as I go for walks with my friend Russ. At church I’m distributing name tags to help our new pastor become acquainted.
    Expect the go for a walk with Russ this morning.
    Blessings to all as we start a new week. Thank You, Lord.

  • Rusty Posted October 23, 2023 9:16 am

    I’d like for hospitality to be one of my spiritual gifts, but I have not exercised this gift to its greatest benefit for many years. A simple explanation (excuse?) is that due to health considerations beyond my wife’s and my control we have been unable to offer or accept traditional hospitality beyond very limited circumstances. We’ve not had outside of immediate family into our home for well over a decade. Nevertheless, I know that with a modicum of extra effort there are things I can do to offer and receive hospitality. People across the world, for example, learned during the peak of the pandemic that there are electronic ways to connect with others. Zoom and other video conferencing programs have become a primary way for me to see and keep up with friends. It does help me,k hopefully, to “contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality” in the respect that several of the friends I meet with online regularly are Christian brothers and sisters who try to support each other in Christ. I need to pray about how to expand this to reach out more broadly and “show hospitality to strangers,” perhaps.
    I am grateful, as well, for this Upper Room website and all of you who offer me hospitality here. I believe it was this hospitality that drew me this past weekend to start to reconnect with this group. Lord, thank you for this.

  • Julie Posted October 23, 2023 9:34 am

    Hospitality is as easy as…Welcome back, Rusty!
    By welcoming each and every person who is new or returning to this site, I hope to make their reaching out worth the effort. I realize that sharing with us is an act of allowing oneself to be vulnerable. I want each individual to have that first tentative encounter be resoundingly positive. I want them to feel filled up with the Christian love that is so freely given by these wonderful people.
    So to answer the question, YES I believe I have the gift of hospitality.

    • Rusty Posted October 23, 2023 10:33 am

      That’s beautiful, Julie. Thank you!

  • Jill Posted October 23, 2023 6:23 pm

    I’ve never thought of hospitality as having a conversational angle – but it fits. Because of this – I would say that I have a hospitable “stance”…willingness to listen well and invest time.
    My mother definitely had the gift of hospitality – in terms of welcoming others into the home for a night of fellowship. She took great pride in it.
    Grades are all set – even though they aren’t due until the end of the school day Wednesday. Beautiful sunshine today – I love standing in the window across from the door to my classroom – during class change – I just soak up the warm sun on my back. The trees are gorgeous. I went for a walk before dinner, even though I walked this morning. Must maximize these days.
    Rusty – so very good to have you back, and to hear your musings.

    • Rusty Posted October 24, 2023 5:04 am

      Thanks Jill!

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