Day 7 – June 5
Allow Radical hospitality to radiate from the core of the 2013 Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference into the hearts of the people to take back to their communities.
Isaiah 60:1, 2 CEB
“Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’s glory has shone upon you. 2 Though darkness covers the earth and gloom the nations, the LORD will shine upon you; God’s glory will appear over you.”
Bishop Robert Schnase, in Cultivating Fruitfulness, reminds us that Christian hospitality is the active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ. But to offer Radical hospitality, he describes that which is drastically different from ordinary practices, outside the normal, that which exceeds expectations and goes the second mile.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Abba, We pray that all of us may be enveloped by your Holy Spirit to enable us to offer the very best of ourselves, our creativity, and our abilities to offer the gracious invitation and welcome of Christ to others. Please be with us as we return home so that we may pray, plan, and work to invite others, help them feel welcome and to support them in their spiritual journeys. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ who taught us to love one another with extravagant love and hospitality. Amen.