April was fast approaching. I was stressed with a looming work deadline. The house was neither clean nor tidy. My energy lagged. And yet . . . a set of friends had become accustomed to eating Easter dinner at my table. As much as I didn’t want to lay out the spread, I didn’t want to disappoint them. . . .
Yes, I chose to make the phone calls: “I’d like to invite you here for Easter.” . . .
On Easter Sunday, I set the full platter in front of seven guests, four “regulars” and three newcomers.
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)
How often do you invite people over without worrying about the condition of your house?
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[Jesus said,] “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
—Matthew 10:40 (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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