Welcome to this 31 day series where we will spend 31 days covering our homes in PRAYER!! We are also reading Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love together and each day I will share a new quote from this amazing book. PLEASE join us in the comments section as we journey through learning to love others as Jesus loves us!
Read more details about this series and the book club here.
Read Day 1 here & print your October calendar of verses to pray.
Verse to Pray for Our Home
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
God, may You bless our home and keep us. Make Your face to shine upon us, be gracious to us. Turn Your face toward us and give us Your peace.
Radical Hospitality Book Discussion
Find book here: Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love
I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments! How are you liking the book? What struck you the most??
Let’s look at the opening of Chapter 1 today: “Why are you interested in hospitality?”
This is a great place to start our conversation. For me, this book has actually opened up my eyes to a different kind of hospitality than I had imagined in the past. I personally LOVE having people over, love decorating my home, I enjoy trying to make people feel welcome.
However, in this book, a RADICAL kind of hospitality opened up my eyes to looking at what it truly means and learning more about hospitality through the eyes of Benedict and the monks. Now, don’t be turned off by the monasticism described in this book. I think we have a LOT to learn from these precious saints regarding hospitality! Stick with it, I think you will be glad you did.
“When St. Benedict wrote of hospitality, he stressed the importance of welcoming the outsider, the poor, the pilgrim…we should always see it as a welcoming of Christ among us.” Radical Hospitality, p. 5
So, maybe hospitality isn’t just about having our friends over and cooking a fancy dinner. Maybe hospitality is more about opening our hearts while opening our homes. Maybe hospitality is looking for Jesus in the least of these. Maybe hospitality is about giving Jesus to those who might not be like you. Maybe hospitality is more about our hearts than our tables.
Candace- I LOVED this book. Opened my eyes us to so much. I now see my students as people I can offer up hospitality to in the short time they are with me each week. They start out as strangers that I learn to love. One of the ways I am doing that is by praying for them. I picked up this book because honestly I stink at hospitality! Even though I have over 30 people coming and going through my house because of my business I don’t do well with having people over for meals and the like. But really this book is more than about hospitality. It is about community and how we welcome others into our lives.
I agree Debbie!! Thank you so much for joining me. 🙂 I’m glad the book has been good for you as well.
Really looking forward to this month of prayers, Candace. Just started a prayer chain at church…
Candace Crabtree says
Thank you, Kortney!! So glad you are joining us!