Hebrews 13: 1-8 and 15-16
In Hebrews 13:2 we are reminded, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it”. Do you think you have ever experienced this? Could have someone God placed in your path been an angel instead of simply a stranger? Maybe so. These thoughts made me wonder why. Why would God allow us to practice loving a stranger with an angel instead of with a real stranger? Maybe we were not ready for a real stranger yet.
Or… maybe God is reminding us of the sacred value of all life. Imagine if we treated all people we met as if they were an angel. We would certainly be more humble and more willing to go the extra mile. We would look on others as worthy and even as deserving of our time and attention. It would be an experience in radical love.
Or maybe God is reminding us because so often God chooses the unlikely, the one we see as powerless, the stranger to teach us. Sometimes people we tend to ignore or marginalize can teach us much. If we are willing. A lifelong hard core criminal who experienced salvation while incarcerated can teach us much about God’s amazing grace. A person who struggled for years with addiction that found freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ can teach us much about God’s redeeming love. A person who endured years of unfair treatment and injustice yet persevered because of their faith can teach us much about trust and obedience. These are but a few examples. Those who have had powerful, lifechanging encounters with God have much to offer and teach.
Today, today may we see all people as if they were angels. May we find the value in each person we meet. May we see in all the gift of God that they each are. And may we be willing and open to all that each has to offer to us.