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)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work. Amen.
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