Lent Devotion, March 9, 2017

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“Let me tell you something that happened to me one day,” said the pastor, “that relates to the verse, ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.’

“I was in front of my house, when a van stopped across the street. The driver asked for directions, which I gave. When I began to walk away, he called to me, ‘You’re a school teacher, aren’t you?’

“I replied, ‘No, I’m a Lutheran pastor.’

“He said, ‘I’m a pastor of sorts. Come here, I have something to give you.’

“As I began to approach his van, many thoughts rushed through my head. Would he give me a religious tract? Was he going to espouse some off the wall theology? It even flashed through my mind he might be a lunatic with a gun. I was beginning to think it might be better to walk the other way. There was something about this guy I didn’t trust.

“But I went to him.

“Still sitting in his van, he dug into his pocket, and pulled out something that he gave me. Then he rummaged around the passenger seat and gave me another item.”

“What did he give you?” asked Jensi expectantly.

“We’ll get to that,” smiled the pastor. “But first I want to tell you just how strange this guy was.”   (Tomorrow: the encounter with a strange man continues)

            Gracious God, help us to deal with people who seem odd. Amen.

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