“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)
Over a decade and a half ago, with my wife Nancy’s sister and family living in a smaller town outside of Dublin Ireland, we packed up our family and flew for a two week trip to the Emerald Isle. We, as people who really don’t do much jetting around, have vivid memories still of this trip.
One of the memories I share with you is how impressed we were with the attention that the Irish give to the decoration of their front doors. Often the buildings themselves were made or earth-toned brick or were wooden structures painted in white or cream with a dark trim.
But the doors! The doors were painted with rare and vibrant colors. These doors were often trimmed with lattice work and grand moldings. Almost every door had an arch spanning the entire entry area. Many homes had carefully planted and tended vines growing around their front door, adding an elegance to the welcome for those who might approach their homes. (Just Google, “Doors of Dublin” and take a full-color look at the poster I copied to the right.)
Well, Beaver Valley would do well to make sure our front door is open and ready to welcome the huge crowd of visitors that will come walking up our “front” sidewalk on Sunday afternoon, August 18th. I am always amazed at how many of the people who attend our Sweet Corn Feed are guests. And let’s remind one another, it is especially the guest or the stranger, as we read in Hebrews 13, that deserves our best attention. Who knows, we might well be serving an angel “without knowing it (NIV)”
Thank you in advance to the many who will sign up and do the work of welcoming people to our congregation. As the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work!” So, please take time early in August to sign up to help cover the various kinds and shifts of work to be done. All of this will add up to our front door grandly ready to welcome all.
Pastor Greg Johnson