Entertaining Angels

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:1-2 KJV

The phrase entertaining strangers, in today’s verse can be a bit deceptive. What it means is to take care of them like the Good Samaritan did for the man he found on his road. In our 21st century world we have in most of our communities strangers who are in long term care. During the Covid pandemic they often had to spend their days confined to their room and often no visitors were allowed for months without end. When the unexpected invades each of our lives more often than we like we realize now that we are far less in control of our world than we thought! But even in the midst of awful events, the Bible encourages us that one thing remains the same -and that is the love of God. Even though we cannot do everything we would like to do, there is always still something that we can. Whether we are separated by Covid or by distance, the inability to be with loved ones can frustrating but today’s verse encourages us love those who are around us no matter who they may be. Whether you have the opportunity to visit a local nursing home or of you only have the chance of being a ray of sunshine for your letter carrier, God has put someone in your world for you to show His love today. If we will obey, we could one day discover that we were entertaining angels and who knows what blessings God might have in store for us then!

Being a Friend of Jesus

When Joseph Scriven wrote the words of his now famous hymn, they were actually a poem he sent to comfort his mother who was very sick and missing him terribly back in Ireland. Several years previously, Scriven had lost the love of his life just week’s before they were to be married and in his time of grief he dedicated his life to God and there found great joy and peace. Hearing word of his mother’s ill health he sent these words of the hope he had found. Today they are still sung on job sites by brick layers and in corn fields by farmers. People lying in hospital rooms as well as standing in the largest cathedrals have been encouraged to know that no matter how important others think we are or how much money we have in the bank, there is nothing we could ever have that compare to the riches and power of a life lived as one of the friends of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Joseph Scriven 1855

Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God – Teresa of Avila