Day Four – Excuses, Excuses!

December 21, 2007

Key Verse: “But they all alike began to make excuses…” Luke 14:18a

Read: Luke 14:15-24

Surely hospitality is only for those who have a nice, spacious house and a big dining table, right? Not so, says Christine Pohl, author of Making Room, Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. “Hospitality is not optional for Christians, nor is it limited to those who are specially gifted for it,” Pohl says. “It is a necessary practice in the community of faith.” In Hawaii, Hilary was flustered when her husband called home to say he’d met a recovering drug addict who had nowhere to stay. “We lived in a small fixer-upper and I was kind of embarrassed about the condition of the house,” recalls Hilary. “I made up a bed in the back room, but the only spare blankets belonged to my 2-year-old daughter and they had teddy bears on them.” Like those in Jesus’ parable, Hilary could have made excuses…not enough room, not enough blankets, house is too messy. But she didn’t. Each of us could wait for a better time, until everything is perfect, but that time never comes. We have this day to welcome others, this moment to extend the hand of Christian friendship.

Think About It: What excuses can you think of? How would they sound to God?