We are in lazy Sunday mode! Danny is watching Mike the Knight re-runs for the zillionth time. Joni is getting annoyed with his mecano on the kitchen table. Teen and Baby are away for the weekend. Martin preached this morning and awarded himself the rest of the day off. I have organised Sunday school for this evening and some Scout stuff for the week ahead and am working my way down a pot of coffee.
I’m currently reading Radical Hospitality by a couple of United Statesian Benedictines. It threatened to be brilliant. Then when I started it, it wasn’t what I was expecting. Then I realised that actually it is brilliant, just not what I was expecting! It’s short, and it doesn’t have any technical language, but you can’t read it quickly, so I’m using it as a kind of devotional. Try these for a couple of examples of quotable quotes…
“Hospitality has become safe and cosy, even productive, rather than revolutionary, risky, and world-rattling… The missing virtue of our era has been turned into a social grace that neither disturbs nor transforms”
“What is dangerous to the child is not dangerous to an adult. You drive a car now. You live away from home. You use knives to chop vegetables. You drink a Scotch and water. Why do we remain locked up in our fear of strangers?”
“The stranger helps us locate our favourite lies. The stranger helps us see the absurd in our culture and ourselves. The stranger opens our eyes”
“Gratitude is the leading edge of joy. It happens when the big reality hits you. You have no more right to be loved than anyone else. Your children have no more right to health and security than the children in Bosnia. It is all a gift. Every single molecule, every smile, every taste of sunshine is a gift.”
And now it’s time to get ready for church. There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.