KEEPING ADVENT, Monday, December 12, 2016
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
The guest towels are out. I am ready to welcome guests. I am not sure I am as ready to welcome strangers, or even unexpected guests. But guests may yet approach tonight.
Apparently, there was an innkeeper who scrambled one night - finding extra hay for a manger, a blanket, and maybe even a towel in which to wrap a newborn. Whatever he did, welcome was made.
I wonder if the parents of the child told him the story of that night, reminding him of what had been done for him. For certainly he knew how to welcome the stranger. Certainly he knew how to make room at the table for those who always had been turned away. Certainly he knew how to take a towel, and getting down on his knees, show welcome.
We can too.
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