Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple - truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Thoughts for the Day: Hospitality is pretty much summed up in the first sentence of this scripture. By welcoming someone into our household in the name of Christ, we not only welcome them, but we also allow God in as well. The first part of knowing gratitude is through simply welcoming someone in. They are bringing a gift of their own through fellowship. Yet even in the act of receiving a gift (whatever it may be) do you sometimes feel like clamming up a little? We all know what it feels like to give something to someone. Sometimes we receive gratitude and sometimes we don’t. But how many of us don’t know exactly how to say thank-you when we’re the recipients of a gift, a favor, or a kind word? Too often we try to let our humbleness or pride show through and act insulted when a kind thing is done for us. By taking the words of Jesus, gracious acceptance and an open heart to give as well as receive is required of us to be faithful disciples. If we cannot accept a gift without feeling insulted, how can we freely give?

Prayer: Thank-you again for the many gifts you have given, O God. Words alone cannot express the gratitude that is felt. It is realized that only through acts of service to others, is gratitude truly felt when that service is given back. Continue to encourage both acts of giving and receiving freely and openly. Without reservation, without guilt, without the expectation but always full of unconditional love for one another, this prayer is offered to the One who showed us what it means to be hospitable. Amen.