Reading: Hebrews 13:1-2
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
I was stuck in an airport – delayed by a storm. Fast food kiosks and chains were doing a brisk business, but I couldn’t stomach another “cardboard fiesta.” I searched the commons and found “Cheers.” The restaurant was fashioned after the television comedy. The menu beat McTacos hands down.
I took a table, humming the catchy theme from the show: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name – and they’re always glad you came.” The cast of characters stepped out of my memory and took a bow. I looked around to see if this “Cheers” had captured the flavor of the long-running comedy.
My waitress was grumpy. “Don’t you want to know my name?” I asked. She wasn’t amused. I didn’t dare ask if she was glad I came. There were no happy patrons at the bar; no laughing staffers; and unfortunately, no fine restaurant upstairs. I ordered the grilled chicken salad and hoped for the best – it turns out my hopes were in vain.
A “look-alike” restaurant couldn’t live up to the “Cheers” theme. Maybe the church should give it a try. People really do want to go where everybody knows their name – and they know you’re glad they came.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.