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Thought for the day
Hospitality with a moustache
There was something different about the guy on the doors at our local supermarket. He was always smiling and friendly - and he had the most amazing bushy moustache!
One evening I was visiting a Kurdish friend and there in his living room was the guy with the moustache. I discovered he was Kaka'i and had fled to the UK as an asylum seeker from Iraq. Now whenever I see him at the supermarket I'm greeted with a warm hug to the astonishment of the other shoppers!
I recently had the opportunity to spend a week among the Kurds in their homeland and experienced their legendary hospitality first hand. I was amazed at their hunger to hear stories about Jesus and their openness to receive prayer.
Jesus trained his disciples to look out for homes where they would be warmly welcomed and to enjoy the hospitality (Luke 10:7). In those homes they were to share the message of the Kingdom, pray for the sick and share the peace that God had given them.
I don't know about you, but I'm not always very good at receiving someone's hospitality. I'm often in too much of a hurry, or feel that I'll be indebted to them. however, I'm slowly learning to slow down enough to be a guest - whether in the home of refugee or enjoying a hug in the doorway of my supermarket!
Prayer for the day
Give thanks for the opportunities we have today to meet people like my Kaka'i friend in our neighbourhoods. Ask God to help us give and receive hospitality and to be a bridge for our Muslim neighbours to discover the peace that comes through Jesus.
Look out for an opportunity to visit a Muslim friend or neighbour in their home. Even slowing down enough to chat to someone at the shops can lead to an opportunity to share the peace you've received from Jesus.
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