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Andrew Collett writes

Home is our sanctuary: a place to be ourselves- to be safe, comfortable and warm.

Jeannette and I have been creating just such sanctuaries, having recently prepared two flats for prospective new tenants. It is a labour of love as we clean, scrub, paint, and arrange everything in such a way to create the nicest possible welcome. We are excited in anticipation of creating something very special —for someone special. We ask God to bless the flat…. and the person- or people- who will be living there. All of our past tenants have loved their flats and appreciated the extra special touches we provided.

In the same way we prepare for and greet our B&B guests, knowing that the love and peace of God will touch each person who comes. We have met some truly wonderful people over the years and are always amazed at their appreciative comments. God has given us both the gift of hospitality and it is our joy and privilege to see people relax and be blessed. I think that all of us who operate in our gifts are not aware of the blessing we provide to others, we just do what comes naturally. But we should never underestimate the power of God to work in and through us.

When Jesus travelled he stayed at the homes of godly people who welcomed him in. What a privilege for them! And what a privilege for us to know that the king of the universe dwells in our homes! In turn, are we creating homes for one another? I’m sure Jesus would have us do that . Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus is creating a special place for each one of us? I feel sure he lovingly prepares our room in joyful anticipation of seeing our joy and pleasure (I just pray there will be no dust of dirty dishes!)

In Jesus’s darkest hour he turned to the thief, hanging on a cross at his side, who spoke through his pain and agony, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus, so near death, answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’