Friday, October 5, 2012
Five Minute Friday~ Welcome!
It's on the mat by the front door. It's in our smiles as you step across our threshold. In our arms opened wide to you. It's in the smell of fresh baked bread that permeates the house.
Welcome! We're so glad that you are here. So thankful that you want to be with us.
But... this kind of welcome is easy. You come to me and you will always find a safe place here.
What about when I have to come to you? When it is not so easy?
Will my welcome be the same when I have to go out of my way to reach out to you? What about when you clearly don't want anything to do with me?
Welcoming others cannot simply be on our terms- if we intend to live as Jesus did.
Because that one who has felt alienated by society? She is not going to feel comfortable coming to me- unless I make the steps to go to her.
Those children who are abandoned? They are not going to feel welcome in a church full of happy families that have everything (from their eyes). No we must go to them.
We are good at the welcome- when they come to us. Are we as good at the welcome when we go to them?
For the first time ever, I was done in 4 minutes with everything I wanted to say! So, there you have it- my four minutes on the subject "welcome", with minimal editing and large cheers for all of the 5 minute Friday contributors. You're welcome to join in too! :)