Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Awaitng the arrival…
It is the beginning of the holiday season and in my world, the beginning of preparing for guests. A number of years back, I realized a dear friend of mine, Shannon, possessed one of the most honorable and cherished spiritual gifts in my opinion…the gift of hospitality. There was never a time I would not feel welcome in her home and I am guessing never a stranger who felt like a stranger. Her door always seemed open and she had a knack for preparing just enough food, even if there was a surprise guest. Her heart, to me, seemed like a "welcome” mat. Her home, the platform to extend her welcome.
As we prepare for the Advent season, my prayer is that our hearts can be surrounded in hospitality and a "welcome” mat laid out for Jesus. In order for our season to be filled with Christ, we must extend the invitation of welcome and set a place for him in the midst of the holiday hustle. My prayer is that I remember that it is Jesus who I need to welcome before anyone else. I pray my heart is a hospitable place and ready to host the miracle of the season.
Loving and Gracious God,
Please help me to clear my heart and head this season to have a place of welcome to receive Jesus.
Help me to prepare my heart before my home and be a light of hospitality in your world this season.
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