Lent Devotion, March 8, 2017

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As they sat in the donut shop, Jensi said to her pastor, “I recall once memorizing a Bible verse from the book of Hebrews. It says, ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.’ I think it was referring to a story about Abraham.”

“You’re right,” replied the pastor. “The story goes like this: It was the hottest part of the day, and Abraham was sitting by the side of the tent. He looked up, and saw three men approaching. He ran to meet them, and invited them to stop, so that he might bring water for their feet and food for them to eat. He said that he would be honored to serve them.

“The strangers accepted his hospitality. After they had eaten, they told him that within a year his wife would give birth to a son. This was a renewal of the promise that God had made to Abraham and Sarah many years before. It was only when they spoke the promise that Abraham realized these were angels of God.”

“And so,” said Jensi, commenting on the story, “Abraham was simply showing kindness to strangers, responding to the needs of people he met. And through his kindness, he had opened himself to receive the blessing of God.”

Father in heaven, help us see your good news in the people we meet. Amen.

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