I had a great idea. I would host a Saturday birthday expedition for my friend Meg, born in late March. I’d pack a breakfast for five—the party including her husband and mutual friends. We’d beat the crowds at Washington’s Tidal Basin along the Potomac and enjoy a 6:30 picnic among the famed cherry trees, blossoming early that year. Who wouldn’t want to?
I can very quickly jump to the end of this story. The picnic never materialized. …
Meg considered the proposal and then called back to thank me for my thoughtfulness. “But that’s just not what I want to do on my birthday.”
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)
How can you show “kindly affection” to someone else while considering what they might want?
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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.
—Romans 12:10 (KJV)
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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