In preparing for visitors, I identified actions I’m now incorporating into my spiritual life: Discarding the unsightly. Valuing the good. Cleaning the dirty. Tending the true. Bringing in the fresh. Making room for a guest.
Lord, you are the unseen guest at every meal. Give me grace and strength to prepare myself and my home to welcome you.
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)
What simple action can you take to create a more welcoming atmosphere in your home?
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[Jesus said,] “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.”
—Matthew 25:35 (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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