1 Kings 8:41–43
‘Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name —for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm—when a foreigner comes and prays towards this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this house that I have built.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
God has clearly called us to be God’s people in God’s kindom. We are called to be the light in a sometimes dark world. Our light, our faith, our love, should proclaim it ‘self to all’. And not just to those who are just like us. We call ourselves an inclusive people, and our faith community tries very hard to be welcoming to all. It is so easy to love and welcome those who are like us, but so difficult when someone is different or “other.” There are so many terms for someone “not like me” whether it be race, politics, sexual orientation or expression, cultural background, different abilities and gifts, different economic circumstances, level of education. We can either let these things divide us, or we can follow God’s call to welcome the foreigner with outstretched arm, into your house, your kindom.
Dear God, May I always be welcoming of the foreigner in my midst, in whatever form that foreignness presents itself. Amen.