Today is Tax Day, the 2nd Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the day on which President Lincoln was assassinated, and thankfully something joyful - time for another SSMT verse.
April 1st, the verse I chose was Romans 12:12 NET: Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. Today's verse is chapter 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality.
Contribute to the needs of the saints is a no brainer, but pursuing hospitality is not on my radar, (I love to extend hospitality - but have never pursued it.) The Amplified Bible words this this way: pursue the practice of hospitality. Hospitality in defined as the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers and the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.
As I contribute to the needs of the saints, I must endeavor to pursue hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 advises us regarding hospitality as well:
Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Verse 13 reminds us to: Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them, and those ill-treated as though you too felt their torment.
Ladies - May we extend hospitality to those we know and those who are strangers to us as well as remember the forgotten.