The other day, I was sent a story about an interaction between a homeless man and a manager at a Chik-fil-a. The homeless man had come in asking for remnants and anything they might be throwing away. Instead the manager offered to pray with him and then gave him a full meal. It is in these acts of radical hospitality that we practice unity. Whether this story is true or not is not important. What is important is the lesson it teaches about how to practice unity. When we honor the dignity in others and treat them with respect, then we work together in unity to promote love and kindness in the world

The world is full of people like this. The other day as I was in my mart cart waiting to check out at the grocery store, a young boy offered to help take all the groceries out of my cart. While I did not need the help, I could see that this was something he wanted to do and so I graciously accepted. What I learned was this this was a practice his parents were teaching him. Each day he is to do something kind for someone. When he does he gets a kindness sticker on his calendar. When he has a full calendar, his parents do something for him. His mom told me that one month, his act of kindness was to tell his parents they did not need to reward him for being kind. They did anyway.  He has learned to work in unity with others to help achieve little goals.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 31, 2016

What if we thought about being inhospitable as a cut in pay? How hospitable would we work on being?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 30, 2016

What is in your heart and soul?

WELCOMING MYSELF

January 30, 2016

So all this month I have been reflecting on hospitality, reading about it, writing, about it, starting conversations about it, and practicing it to the best of my ability. Others have told me I am very hospitable and that they feel the welcome and the love the minute they walk in our door. I am so grateful they feel that way. Zoe and I are so intentional about trying to create that space. We both know what it is like to not feel welcomed, to not be wanted, to be excluded, and to be told there is no room at the inn. As a result, we have been intentional about doing all we can to create an environment of love and welcoming.

Yet for whatever reason when I have sat down to journal about hospitality as it applies to my own life, what I remembered were those moments when people did something to make me feel welcomed and those times when I was not.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 29, 2016

May we be intentional about reaching out and connecting with others, not just those who are like us

Song of the Week

January 28, 2016

Sometimes we need to remember to open our hearts, minds, and souls to a deeper connection with our Higher Power, however we define that. https://youtu.be/5nvod5D2se4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 28, 2016

When friends come to eat, are they part of the preparation, or just part of the feast? This gives a new meaning to hospitality

The universe has a sense of humor. Recently I had read that Albert Einstein, when asked to identify the most important question in life, said, “Is the universe a friendly place or not?” Shortly, after reading the question on which I was going to reflect, my computer began dinging, the equivalent of you’ve got mail. It is the beginning of the semester where I teach part time and as with every semester, students are stressed because something has not come in yet. This normally means that either their financial aid has not come in or the books they ordered online have not come in yet.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 27, 2016

Have you found the center of your life in your own heart?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

January 26, 2016

We each contribute to the experience and practice of hospitality.