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Reflection for the Monday in the 3rd week of Advent, December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016 9:21 AM | Anonymous

KEEPING ADVENT, Monday, December 12, 2016

 Hebrews 13:2

 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

 Show welcome.

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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