IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, hesed is a practice of welcome and hospitality among the Hebrew people. Hesed requires that the host and the sojourner eat together to signify welcoming and connecting with the stranger. It is clear to me that eating together is the sign of real community more than any other behavior named in the Hebrew or Christian Scriptures. …
It is not enough to feed persons who happen to be poor. If we are to be in community and have hope for our transformation as well as the transformation of those who happen to be poor, then we have to eat together.
– John Flowers and Karen Vannoy
Not Just a One-Night Stand
From pages 70-71 of Not Just a One Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy. Copyright © 2009 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Is there a homeless ministry in your area where you can engage in hospitality? Share your thoughts.
I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
Ezekiel 34:23, NRSV
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This week we remember: C.S. Lewis (November 22).
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