The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. Genesis 18:1-18
The time will come
when, with quiet politeness
you will greet another arriving
in your midst,
and before long will
exchange a polite smile.
And you will say, sit here, join me.
You will begin a process with no knowledge of
what it might lead to or if or where it will end.
The stranger is just like your self.
unfamiliar, but interested; vulnerable but curious.
They have come to where you are for a reason
and your reason for welcome is equally valid.
We are made for togetherness, not isolation.
Give what you want to this person, from your heart
and your best judgment.
Peel your own image from the mirror and share that part of you meant for sharing.
For, more often than you know,
goes the Christ in the stranger’s guise.