Tag Archives: radical hospitality

Under the sycamore.

This past Sunday, a dear, elderly man came to our outdoor service for the first time. He often frequents our Wednesday morning coffee & prayer fellowship. He is always gracious, always has a kind word, always a warm smile. The … Continue reading

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A leap of grace.

This month will mark the end of my first year serving as urban missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. What an incredible gift this has been. What an amazing adventure, which admittedly at times has felt like a misadventure! … Continue reading

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By the oaks.

The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he … Continue reading

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Be gentle.

Be gentle. Be truthful. Be courageous. -Gandhi (by way of my friend Walter) Note: A “Google” search for this quote shows it most commonly written as “Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” However, Walter’s rendering (and his timing in sharing it) … Continue reading

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“I am thirsty.”

This reflection was offered this afternoon as part of a series of reflections on The Last Seven Words of Christ at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in … Continue reading

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Washed with love.

This reflection is from guest blogger Louise Hardman. Louise had written this for no other purpose than to share it with me, but I convinced her to let me share it with you. Thank you, Louise! Maundy Thursday. Late morning … Continue reading

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Unprepared.

Holy Week is upon us. We follow Christ’s journey into Jerusalem as he enters triumphant and marches toward Golgotha. The days of Lent have been a time of repentance, of stripping down, of anticipating what only Jesus could accomplish for … Continue reading

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Warm, generous and friendly.

When I googled “hospitality,” one definition that came up described it as “treating guests and strangers in a warm, generous and friendly way.” This suggests welcoming others unconditionally, helping them to feel comfortable and welcomed. Of course there are reasonable … Continue reading

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In our midst.

Do not fear, O Zion;             do not let your hands grow weak. The LORD, your God, is in your midst,             a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness,             he will renew you in … Continue reading

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With power and great glory.

God has always been coming.  He came in the creation of light, and he came yet more in Adam.  He came in Abraham but was to come more fully in Moses.  He came in Elijah, but was to come even … Continue reading

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