October 27, 2019

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
~John 13:35~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God’s special presence is promised to us when we gather in His name as we are doing today.  We are so glad that you have come. 

Sarah was sharing with me from a book she read on the subject of hospitality.  The author noted that relationally healthy people are naturally hospitable because a new person can sense love that reaches out to welcome them.  People in relational conflict cannot be hospitable because they telegraph to other people: ‘whose side are you on – are you for me or for them?’  The author concluded by saying, “Hospitality is more than an expression of love for the guest – it is also and foremost an expression of love between the hosts.”

This applies to our relationships in families, in friendships, and even as a church family.  If someone feels a warm, loving, genuine welcome at Dayton Avenue, it is because that kind of hospitality is also our expression of love for one another.  This has to be a significant part of what Jesus meant in the verse above: “all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

In last week’s bulletin I introduced the SLOWvember challenge for next month.  The idea is to intentionally step back from the busyness that usually dominates our lives at this time of year.  So, SSavor: appreciate the moment, chew food slower, sit down, reflect.  LListen: attend to our loved ones, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit.  OOthers before technology: put the devices down.  WWill it matter a year from now?: ask this question as often as possible during each day.  Let’s make November a SLOWvember.

Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back before coming to church. May God bless you this week!