For one year I was dependent on my joint-heirs in the Kingdom, on my “extended family” of God. They have turned to me hands of mercy and aid and helps.
For I was aggrieved by the broken world, and they picked up my dropped baton and made the race with my battered friends for me. They sent prayers against the marred days and performed miracles over unwieldy faucets and the bent things that populated my heart.
For I was helpless and they mothered my children, buying circus tickets and planning bike hikes, making sure the days were special for growing up.
For I was bereaved from bearing too much pain for others, finding no room for my own, and they sent me to restore in the mountains and rest in the sea.
Yea, as they did this all for me, they did it unto Him who sent me.
This is the larger part of my rich and goodly inheritance, this fellowship of suffering and delight, this place of belonging in a homeless world.
Thank You, Lord, for these my brethren. Help us to always open doors to one another.
Are the homes of the members of your church open or closed to one another? How would you rate the climate of community in your congregation? After these initial evaluations, find a pencil and paper. Sit quietly before the Lord and ask Him one question:
“What role of hospitality would You have me play in helping to create a better feeling of family within my local church?”
Listen carefully, then begin to jot down any ideas which seem to drop into your mind. Don’t lose your paper, but keep it as a list to remind you to be obedient.
Karen Mains has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen Mains and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.