Wednesday, June 8, 2016


“So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” –Matthew 22:9

Often in the summertime Lexi and I walk by people picnicking in the grass. Of course Lexi yearns to ransack the picnic. It’s a feast laid out for the having, within a dog’s easy reach. (She’s accustomed to eating off the ground.) All those goodies! I hold her back and say, “You’re not invited.” And I steer her away. When we walk in faith, we come to a feast laid out for the having—a banquet, in fact. We are invited. God doesn’t steer us away; he beckons us closer. All that goodness! Yet we hold ourselves back. We don’t trust God’s goodness. We’re dubious or wary. Instead we should plunge in, like Lexi would. Luke 14:15 says, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

Dear God, Bless me to eat at the feast you have laid out for the having. Amen

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