18 December 2008

Philoxenia in the Unexpected

Quite unexpectedly, I find myself sitting in a little motel in the-middle-of-no-where Kansas. After an adventurous day yesterday (to say the least,) I checked in here last night with the simple hope of having a warm place to read and get some sleep. Nothing really seemed special in the grand scheme of things; I mean, it really is your run-of-the-mill interstate stopping off point. That is, until I came to the pineapple shaped posting that is thumb tacked next to the television.

Here is what it says:

To Our Guests
In ancient times there was a prayer "The Stranger within our Gates."
Because this hotel is a human institution to serve people and not solely a money making organization, we hope that God will grant you peace and rest while you are under our roof.
May this suite and hotel be your "second" home.
May those you love be near you in your thoughts and dreams.
Even though we may not get to know you, we hope that you will be comfortable and happy as if you were in your own house.
May the business that brought you our way prosper.
May every call you make and every message you receive add to your joy.
When you leave, may your journey be safe.
We are all travelers. From "birth to death" we travel between eternities.
May these days be pleasant for you, profitable for society, helpful for those you meet, and a joy to those who know and love you the best.
What a beautiful blessing! Though not explicitly "Christian," this small sentiment posted on the wall expresses, in its own way, the very things I hope to emulate in my own efforts of philoxenia. It is my hope that all who have or will enter my home will feel love and comfort, receive joy, and will be spurred on toward Salvation.

Even though my plans did not include an overnight stay anywhere other than my brother's house, I am thankful to have picked this space. As small as it may be, I am reminded that nothing is ever in vain and that even from our challenges blessings can shine forth. Glory to God!

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