Today I want simply to share an email I received from a member of St. John following my message last Sunday about hospitality. That message was based on this text:
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat.
She said to her husband, “I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of God. Let’s build a small room for him on the roof and furnish it with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. Then he will have a place to stay whenever he comes by.”
One day Elisha returned to Shunem, and he went up to this upper room to rest. He said to his servant Gehazi, “Tell the woman from Shunem I want to speak to her.” When she appeared, Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tell her, ‘We appreciate the kind concern you have shown us. What can we do for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of the army?’”
“No,” she replied, “my family takes good care of me.”
Later Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?”
Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is an old man.”
“Call her back again,” Elisha told him. When the woman returned, Elisha said to her as she stood in the doorway, “Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!”
“No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, don’t deceive me and get my hopes up like that.”
But sure enough, the woman soon became pregnant. And at that time the following year she had a son, just as Elisha had said. – 2 Kings 4:8-17 [NLT]
Greetings. I first want to say thank you for the message on Sunday. We have been struggling with a decision and after God spoke to us through you, we quickly realized we had our answer.
We have been going back and forth to open up our home again to try and foster another child. Adopting an older child has presented struggles within ourselves that we weren’t expecting. The biggest struggle we have is trying to connect to someone who is from a different culture, being a pre-teen, and one with a life full of heartbreak and confusion for an 11 year old. We have struggled if we want to open up our home to foster a younger child, and have prayed that God gives us guidance on the decision. Wanting a much younger child to meet our personal needs seems kinda selfish. Is it the plan we want for ourselves or is it what God is calling us to do? So we prayed for an answer.
You asked what we can do do benefit others and open up our life to other people? You mentioned there are people in need, people that are lacking, yearning for something in their lives. You had our attention. You asked if we have opened up our home to someone? Yes…we have. Is there any preparation we have to do to open up our home again? Very little….the preparation has already been done. Being there to show love to others? Yes…it’s not about us, but it’s about us fulfilling our God given purpose in life. Then you asked is there a guest in your future that will bring the blessing of God to you? Absolutely! Right after you asked that question, I turned to my Stephanie and said, well, looks like we are going to have another guest in our home. We had our answer!
The next day (Monday) we informed our agency to re-activate our license.
Wow! Sometimes God speaks, and sometimes God’s people listen. Thanks be to God!