Light of Hospitality

The girls are preparing for piano recitals. And Phoebe is constantly playing a song from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, “Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass / I’m waving through a window.” I told her it sounds a little creepy, who is looking in my window?! But dad jokes aside, the song reveals a deep hurt in each of us. We long to be loved. Accepted when all the shine wears off.

RS Thomas wrote the poem above. “All those waiting at life’s window cried…” They are on the outside looking in. Each of us have felt this loneliness. Even those surrounded by others wonder, will they love me when they see who I really am?

The KC Star reprinted an oped on the other pandemic , the pandemic of loneliness. It mentioned that the UK has a Minister of Loneliness. Interestingly the government minister advises we avoid top down solutions — we can’t legislate friendship. So the minister helps local communities create volunteer opportunities (“people who volunteer are more connected”). Which sounds a bit like church.

Thomas’s poem is titled “The Word”. This seems to represent what it means to be human: “lonely”. But poetry always has deeper meaning and Thomas was a Christian minister. When a believer writes “The Word” they can not help but think of John 1. “the Word was with God, the Word was God… the Word became flesh.”

Jesus came to save us. And that salvation meant he dwelt with us. He walked with us. “No longer do I call you servants, now I call you friends” (Jn 15:15). Jesus saves us from sin. But he also saves us from loneliness, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today” (Lk 19:5).

The Evan Hansen song asks, “is anyone waving back…” We have discovered God is not waving, but running outside from heaven to embrace – to love – to accept us just as we are.

I hope you will consider joining our worship at 10:30 on Sunday. In person with masks or streaming live on Facebook or Youtube. We continue our series Re Solve, this week in 1Thessalonians 5. We are not lost in darkness, we are children of the Light! And we bring others into this light!

One other quick note. The church wide survey results just arrived. Council is reviewing and will present soon. But our greatest strength — overwhelmingly — is hospitality. Just what a lonely world needs. So find someone standing on the outside and invite them… serve them a good casserole! 😉

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