Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
This scripture was acted out for me last night. A woman sitting beside me at our granddaughter’s Christmas program at Annunciation Catholic Church shared a few short conversations with me. We shared that the annual program that tells the story of the Nativity through humor, joy and often non-Christmas, non-religious songs (Mary and Joseph sang “I Got You Babe” one year) was the start of our true Christmas celebrations. At the end of the show, the whole school and many, many alumni sing Kermit’s Christmas Wish. She and I both agreed how touching it was to see former students, some of which are adults, return for this annual ritual. Turns out our granddaughter and her daughters know each other. It was a moment of shared warmth and hospitality, each of us letting the other into our world for a moment. We parted with a genuine Merry Christmas. Hospitality does not need to be a planned event.
May your today and everyday be filled with moments of hospitality with angels.
Dear God, Thank you for the grace that allows us to contemplate hospitality, the gift of the story of Jesus’ birth that exemplifies the importance of hospitality, and the strength you sow in each of our hearts to overcome the fears that keep us from reaching out to welcome your world to our table. Burn in us a desire to open our doors and our hearts to others. Stepping out of our comfort zone, Amen.
To read the entire devotion for today, go to http://easter.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-Advent-Devotional.pdf