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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Entertaining Angels

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 ran from the tent entrance to meet them and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.” Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. ~ Genesis 18:1-10

Another Tanzania story.

The first time I went, my friend and I stayed with a family who had some means. The matron in the family, Mama Kwayu, was one of the leaders in her Lutheran congregation, and had several girls who worked part time to help her in her household.

One night we were talking about foods from America that my friend Angie and I enjoyed, and I mentioned my favorite: guacamole.

Now in Tanzania, they have really big beautiful avocados, and they are delicious!

So Mama Kwayu sent the girls out to the trees in their yard to pick some of the delicious fruit, and I taught them to make guacamole.

It was a moment of hospitality I'll never forget.

When has been a time where someone treated you with such memorable hospitality? Hospitality that made you feel as if you were be treated like an angel from God?

Help to entertain your angels, O Lord! Amen

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