2013-03-11 - What Would a Host Say?
At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' (Luke 14:17)
A lot goes in to getting a dinner party ready. Nothing is worse than at the final hour, all the guests contact you - giving one excuse after another - why they can't attend. That is just how it happened to me. All these people waited until the last minute. It is natural for a few people to have previous obligations or a change in one's schedule, but every guest?
What was going on? People had to eat, right? One told me he had to go check on a piece of land he just bought. Another had to spend time with his family. All were extremely inconsiderate, and must have known about their obligations before now, if they are legitimate responsibilities. I was angry, and not about to let my special meal go to waste.
So I brought in the poor and sick, people I had never met before that night. When there was still room for more guests I extended the invitation to even a wider base of strangers, until my home was full of visitors. I don't know if my relationships with my originally-invited friends can be mended. I am glad I was able to share my provisions with people who could be appreciative and not insensitive.
I commit this day to You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.