Saturday, January 15, 2005

GRACE NOTES. I just posted this week's edition of Grace Notes. In this week's edition:

  • Carol of the Epiphany - words to a Scottish hymn by John Bell
  • Lost in Heaven - a 1936 poem of Robert Frost
  • Hospitality Again? - I revisit applications of hospitality past and present
  • Reducing Risk and Strangeness - Christine Pohl's advice in offering hospitality to strangers

BE INTENTIONAL IN WELCOMING STRANGERS. Christine Pohl lays down the following challenge to all:
Without intentionally building some minimal connections, it is unlikely that we will welcome the most vulnerable people into our homes or churches, even if we accept responsibility to offer hospitality to strangers and recognize its significance to them. We need to find or create contemporary equivalents of the city gate, community rituals, and small group meetings in which we can build preliminary relations with strangers.” (from Making Room, Eerdmans, 1999)

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