Inviting The Stranger…

We can bring positive energy into our daily lives by smiling more, talking to strangers in line, replacing handshakes with hugs, and calling our friends just to tell them we love them. Brandon Jenner

Meditation: These past days I have attended the wedding of my stepdaughter where I was the only white person among Jamaican, African and African American wedding attendees. I was made to feel welcome, even though obviously did not share the same culture, race or background. I am the second wife of the bride’s Dad and have not had much contact with that side of the family. Flying to Jamaica for the wedding I wondered: “would there be hostility or hospitality?” I left three days later feeling overwhelmed and grateful. I received many hugs from strangers and a warm welcome from all those gathered. It felt good to smile, talk to and hug strangers. Often I did not even know if the person was a relative or a friend. Often I would not have the story of how this person belonged in my stepdaughter’s life. And yet, we were all there to celebrate love and life and to allow for some healing of the past to happen, if it could. And it did.

Prayer: God of new beginnings, thank You for the gift of being a stranger and yet welcome. Thank You for sharing meals with strangers who would smile at me and even give me hugs. Thank You for the opportunity to be part of a celebration that brought family together in an unforgettable celebration. Thank You for healing to happen during times like these. Amen

For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35