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
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
God, may we be devoted as these first believers were. May we be devoted to Your truth and teaching, to fellowship with one another, to sitting around the table together, prayer and just sharing life together. May our love for one another show the world who You are. May we do it all with glad and sincere hearts.
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??
In the Scripture passage above we see that the apostles devoted themselves to one another. Devotion.
“What we make is holy. The work of human hands – a sacred thing.” Radical Hospitality, p. 161
“In human labor an astonishing thing happens: God shows up. As we make ready a place for others, something happens inside of us: we are prepared also. The Benedictine motto is ‘pray and work.’ Benedictines consider work holy. Human labor is a reflection of divine work. Human labor is shared with God. Work expresses our humanity, and it gives us a chance to use our gifts. This mystical element to work expresses a sacramental understanding of life. Work requires reverence and it teaches us of our value.” Radical Hospitality, p. 164
I don’t claim to understand all of this, but I find it beautiful.
When we are devoted to one another, as the early believers were, we are replacing fear with love. We are bringing a cure to loneliness. We are filling a need in other human beings. We are seeing more of God in each other. We are using the gifts He has given us. We see God in them, and miraculously, they see God in us. Beautiful.
I love the reminder that all work is holy. I sometimes have to remind myself of that when I have a bad teaching day.
Candace Crabtree says
YES! Me, too!!