Words from the Heart for Friday September 17th, 2021
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Hebrews 13:2 (NLT)
An Australian travel website suggests that if you want to experience the ultimate white Christmas, Banff/Jasper Alberta is where to find it. They say, “The air is fresh, with a clean, icy smell, the snow underfoot has a satisfying crunchy feeling, and there’s a strange muffled quality to any sound thanks to the thick layer of snow for miles around. The Rocky Mountains are vast, wild, rugged and untouched. Much is made of the famous Canadian hospitality and it has to be said that, despite the cold outside, you’ll never get a warmer welcome.”
We live in a day where hotels, inns and B&B’s are available wherever we travel. While this is normal for us, it wasn’t common for most of history. When people travelled, they would stay in a home with a family member or friend, or simply with someone who would welcome them to stay. In our day, there are many remote communities in developing countries where there are no hotels or inns and this kind of hospitality is still common. In the days of the New Testament, showing hospitality was a good way to build relationships, both among believers and with those who were not yet followers of Jesus. So Hebrews 13:2 says “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” This is a wonderful thought. My mother had the spiritual gift of hospitality. We often had someone to the house for a meal. I often wondered if some were the angels spoken of here. I do know that those we had for a meal were a great blessing to us, as will those to whom you show hospitality as well.
These have been words from the heart.