Sometimes people ask where I learned to welcome guests. In a small church parsonage I watched my mother prepare food and serve her large family and more—the parishioners and potentials my dad invited home. I watched my dad encourage conversations at multifamily picnics. As a young professional I watched my colleague Marilyn orchestrate crowded room buffets.
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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[Paul wrote about the people of Malta:] The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
—Acts 28:2 (NIV)
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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