The Responsibility of Hospitality

The Responsibility of Hospitality

The dictionary defines hospitality as: "the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers."

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Some receive this mandate of hospitality with some resistance.  Including me.  We think of dinner parties and events and cooking and cleaning and shopping and scurrying around like a crazy person. 

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Why Are You Writing in Jesus’ Voice?

Why Are You Writing in Jesus’ Voice?

The text in our devotional Messages from God is a little unusual: it is written in the voice of Jesus. The daily readings come from my prayer journals, where I got into the habit of writing out conversations between myself and Jesus. I’ve been doing this for quite a while, but since the journals were private, not to mention written in my barely legible scrawl, I never had a reason to explain it to anyone.

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How Jesus Turned Me into a Pirate Queen

How Jesus Turned Me into a Pirate Queen

On my father’s side I am descended from Grace O’Malley, notorious 16th century Irish pirate. I learned this from my paternal grandmother when I was a little girl. She gave me a book about Grace O’Malley’s life, and also told me a story about her that stayed with me and helped shape my life. My grandmother, whose maiden name was Peg O’Malley, was an American, and she learned this tale while visiting relatives who still live in Ireland. I haven’t found this particular story in any books or websites about Connacht’s famous pirate queen: what you are about to read is strictly family oral history told to me by my Grandmother.

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Kidnapped by a Pirate Queen

Kidnapped by a Pirate Queen

I was chugging along in life minding my own business.  As I struggled with Lyme Disease I dabbled in photography and somewhat in keeping a blog.  Across the country, my friend and fellow Smith alumna was chugging along writing, teaching, and struggling with chronic back pain. Turns out this friend, Kathleen Schwab, was secretly a Pirate Queen.  I think she may even have some trained falcons… but that may be just a rumor.

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