November 30, 2008
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2
A woman I know once called a sick friend to see how she was doing.
"Terrible!" was the stuffed up, hoarse reply. "My head's splitting, and my back is killing me. The house is a mess, and the kids are driving me nuts. The woman replied, "Go and lie down, I'll come over and cook lunch for you. After that, I can clean up the house and watch the kids while you get some rest."
Before she concluded, the caller asked, "By the way, how's Sam?" "Sam? There's no Sam here," the sick one said. With dawning understanding, the woman said, "Forgive me, I have a wrong number."
There was a long pause, then the sick mom asked hopefully, "But you are still coming over, aren't you?"
How many times haven't each of us, every one of us, wanted somebody to come and help us?
We'd even take a stranger if that stranger would be willing to help us or listen to us.
That IS what happened when Jesus came into this world. A total Stranger came to help us in our need. It was an act that took Him His entire life. It was a sacrifice which ended in His death.
Now, as we reflect God's love that we have received, we need to remember that we can be the listening ears and helping hands to others who are in our lives.
When we, by the Spirit's power and in Jesus' Name, show ourselves ready to listen and show our willingness to help, we will find this world a better place as we share God's love with others.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, I want to reflect the love that You have given me so freely. Give me the wisdom and willing heart to be a reflector of the Redeemer's loving sacrifice. With a thankful heart, I pray this in Your Son's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries