Every night upon putting my girls to bed, I pray the same blessing over them. It is my way of extending God’s hospitable blessing he’s given me towards them.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face shine upon you.
And be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Both now and forever more.
And so, may my last words here be a blessing to you.
May you know the table has already been set long before you arrived. There as the cosmos swirling, the Godhead three in one calling everything into its place, like a table set with precision and care. Above the pressed linens, the arranged flowers, the crafted meal, the cozy space, you the guest were the prize of the meal. The host himself has extravagantly lavished upon you because he said YOU are very good.
May you hear ‘very good’ deep within your soul. May you see the word very as tov, something you cannot achieve, or work towards, simply a gift. You are very good, you are tov.
As the Host of the table has prepared a space for you, paying attention to the small details; like how you take your coffee, and how with one glance he sees you, may you be this host to everyone else.
As the great Host has shielded you from the world’s hostility out of love, though he took them upon himself in that lowly stable and a death of a cursed man, may you be a light of His hospitable love against such hostility.
May you know deep in your belly, that the facade of entertaining dressed up as hospitality is far from the command to love with that hospes love seen at the Great Table set by the Host Jesus.
May you know that the hospitality of God is much larger than what we can fathom. Introverts & Extroverts, Poor & Wealthy, Microwave reheater & Gourmet kitchen, Hot Mess & Put together, Pristine home & Bathroom Toxic Plant, Planner & Spontaneous, Talkative & Quiet, whoever you are, and wherever you fit, bring you as your hospitable gift.
May you sense and hear the Holy Spirit rich within you that hospitality is not a gift conjured up from some spiritual gifts test. Rather, it is a deep conviction and call to love as God Almighty who heard the cries of his people and rescued them. Not only rescued them from the pits of slavery in Egypt; but, rescued them, us, by leaving the home of his Father’s perfect love, so that we might enter into this home.
He turned us from enemies to friends.
May we be women who do not let ourselves get in the way of this hospitable love. May we be empowered to bring ourselves, the design of who God made us to be and offer it as our hospitable sacrifice to God and others.
May the grace of Jesus always be behind you, beside you and before you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and bestow his charitable love & kindness upon you.
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