Sarah and Abraham Welcome Strangers

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Genesis 18:1-8
Sarah and Abraham Welcome Strangers
God appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three strangers standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them and bowed down to the ground. 3 He said, “Yahweh if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that, you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” 7 Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it.8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

God’s welcome is a welcome that is deep and wide. It calls us to invite strangers into our lives, into our homes, and into our communities. It calls us to share all that we have – our tables, our resources, our love, and compassion – with those we do not know, whether they have traveled from across the neighborhood or have traveled from across the border. This is our call as people of God. It is an especially important call to remember in this time as we watch what is unfolding at the southern borders of our country and as we in our church community prepare to host neighbors and strangers for the 2018 Common Ground conversation. Hospitality is not an option for those who choose to follow Christ. It is an essential element of our faith. Let our welcome be deep and wide as we strive to live out God’s call.


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