Friday, September 25
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Prayerful Tuesday: In the Stranger

I am attending Turner Lectures in Yakima this week and the focus of study is the Road Emmaus.  I have always been struck by the verse that says "they knew him in the breaking of the bread." A simple act, an every day act.  It is in the sharing of a meal that Jesus becomes real to the disciples and us.  Not a special meal-an every day meal where you sit down with family and friends, inviting the stranger into your close community.  What a marvelous way to remember the one always invites us to sit down and join him in cup of tea, mug of beer, or maybe a nice glass of wine. Today when you go break for lunch or a coffee break look around you who would you never think to invite into your circle? Consider asking that person to join you for in the encounter with stranger you may just receive Jesus without knowing it.

The table is set
The food prepared
Who will come
Who will break the bread
Who will pour the cup
Stranger, friend
Both are welcome
Poor, rich, healthy, ill
I call all to the feast
Come sing, laugh
With the joy of each other
So what if we sometimes
Disagree. Today
We sit at the the table
And share a meal.
Grace in abundance
Poured out and
Running over.

Description: Free meals at Bota primary school. Location: Bota, Cameroons Our Catalogue Reference: Part of CO 1069/22 This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives, uploaded as part of the Africa Through a Lens project. Feel free to share it within the spirit of the Commons.
Description: Free meals at Bota primary school.
Location: Bota, Cameroons
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives. Shared via Flickr Commons.

post, Ruth Jewell ©October 8, 2013

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