One Ministerâ€™s Musing
June 30, 2011
Hospitality:Â Receiving More Than You Give
The campus center is very quiet these days. When someone walks in the door, the empty walls delight in welcome. Iâ€™ve been musing about how to meet and greet these guests without overwhelming them. How do we live with a spirit of hospitality not only in these summer days, but again next fall? The hope of the center is to be a welcoming place, a touchstone to provide support and care for many to walk through our doors.
I wonder about how to provide hospitality more faithfully. The ideas include: 1) Placing a filled cookie jar on the table so that anyone who walks through can enjoy a sweet treat.Â 2) Waiting to see who the Fish Bike Rack will catch. 3) Serving cool and warm beverages more often as people walk by.
Iâ€™m reading about hospitality as I wonder about what it means for us as Christians to offer hospitality. Douglas M. Koskela wrote:
â€œHospitality is an orientation
that attends to the otherness,
listening and learning,
valuing and honoring.
The hospitable one
looks for Godâ€™s redemptive presence
in the other.â€
In reading this, I know that hospitality is not only the work of the pastor, but all of us.Â We need each other. Will you wonder with me?
1.Â Â Where have you experienced such hospitality? What did you notice?
2.Â Â In Matthew 10: 40-42, Jesus asks the disciples and all followers of Jesus to give a cup of water to â€œthese little ones.â€ In other words, we are to extend hospitality to the marginalized. Who are the â€œlittle onesâ€ among/around us? Who are the marginalized at UIUC?
3.Â Â What symbolic cup of water do they need?
4.Â How can we offer them a â€œcup of waterâ€?
Will you send me your thoughts? Thanks!Â firstname.lastname@example.org
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