Holy Hospitality from Lectio 365 (28/4/23)

Gladness in Giving:

I attend to a place of gladness in my soul: the last place that sparked joy, laughter, and life in my heart.

Holy Spirit, will You give me the joy of Your presence?

I consider what I have to give today. I may not have a room, but perhaps I have a meal to share. I may not feel wealthy, but perhaps I have time to give. I may not know how to carry out my work with joy, but I have an invitation to partner with God and His people. I think of this reminder:

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.’

Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC (London: Bravo Ltd, 1993), p. 119.

Where does my gladness meet the hunger of my world today?”

I breathe deeply and ask Jesus to remind me of a place of need. Where is there a lack of love and how might God ask me to enter into that place?

I have often found this startling truth: God makes me the answer to my own prayers. And so now, holding together this gladness and need, I ask for clarity and direction on what it might look like for me to run with love towards a place of need.

Holy Spirit, will You show me how to carry love to one in need today.

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