From Diana Butler Bass based on her new book Grounded: Finding God in the World.
“A door is the place of coming and going, of safety and protection, and of welcome. . . . Doors keep out danger, but also usher guets and strangers into the sanctuary tht is home. The doorway serves as a moral stage for the practice of hospitality, an architectural reminder of how we receive others into the inner places of our lives.” (From Grounded, pp. 181-182)
Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Reflection: The only thing that can save us from suspicion, division, and nativism is the practice of hospitality – the act of welcoming the stranger into our lives, communities, and homes. Hospitality is the single most radical and transformative thing we can do in the world today. And it is a practice at the heart of God.
Prayer: Give me courage, God, to offer hospitality to anyone who wanders through my life today – to give a kind word, a smile, a hand of help, or a moment of blessing to those in need of welcome. Amen.