September 17, 2021

Invited to a Feast


Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 103:22
  • Fleeing a hurricane in Louisiana
  • Crowding an airport, trying to escape Kabul
  • Trapped in a flood in New York City
  • Shopping at a grocery store in my town
  • Surrounded by earthquake rubble in Haïti
  • In the path of a California wildfire
  • Wearing a face mask on a school bus
These are some of the people I've seen recently—a few in person, many others in the news. It's easy not to think they have nothing to do with me. I don't know their names. They're not family members or friends. They're complete strangers.

But as a disciple of Christ, I know better. They and I have been invited to the same feast. When I get there, I might find myself seated beside one of these strangers, where I'll discover that they're not a stranger at all—they're my brother or they're my sister.

It's important when I encounter others—either virtually or in person—to remember that they are first and foremost a child of the Most High. I cannot think of them as one of those others who are not like me, but as an honored dinner guest at the banquet of my Lord.

Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.
 Luke 13:29
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Bring me with your children near and far to eat at your feast, O God. And when I get there, may I greet those around me, not as strangers, but as sisters and brothers.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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