my dad was a carpenter and he had a wry sense of humor. Those two attributes came together in the Summer of ’69 when dad was doing some work on the new sanctuary of University Baptist Church in Fairbanks. This picture shows Dad and some other men scuttling around the sanctuary. As in most churches the “business end” of the sanctuary is a platform raised on top of the main floor. This was Dad’s project on the day I joined him as his carpenter’s helper. Mid-afternoon, Dad called me over just as he was putting the final piece of plywood on the raised deck . With a benignly-wicked smile scratched across his face, he pointed down to the sub-floor. More on my nutty dad after a word from our Sponsor:
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
Do you need more motivation than that to show kindness to all people? I would hate to think I snubbed an angel (who then reported to HQ!). I’m not sure what the writer of Hebrews had in mind, but the downstream application is quite clear… followers of Jesus should not pick and choose who we show kindness to. Followers of Jesus should consider all people as created in the image of God and we should do whatever is in our power to bless others. That is part of the calling “Follow Me”.
|happy to have my family|
join me at my childhood church
retelling his good deed, quietly done between brother and sister. He displayed his kindness because it was the right thing to do. As you make your way into the new year, won’t you add “be kind to strangers” to your list of virtues you want to nurture. I can’t promise you that people will be singing your praises when the new century dawns, but you never know. That’s the point, isn’t it? You never know. I promise to be good for goodness sake.
Clark H Smith