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  1. Thanks for this challenge for a truly “open door” policy. We have a fairly steady stream of people coming and going here, but all well-known and just like us. It’s my desire to take more risks in a true biblical hospitality that takes in “the stranger and the alien.” I honor you, Lori, for your courage.

  2. Lori,

    Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus. You are showing your children what it means to serve God & give to the needy. That is a great life lesson. This world clamors for beauty & riches. Groups where like minded people gather. Most don’t dare go to the inner city & look at the homeless & helpless. I have been blessed to be a part of a few ministries that help the down trodden. We have opened church doors to feed the less fortunate, offered & Christ’s love to them. We have tried to help some get jobs, find homes & make a new life for themselves. Honestly I get more out of doing that than anything. Just looking at their smiles & receiving their hugs is thanks enough. On a couple of Christmases I sponsored elderly people. One year I got an older lady & brought a few nice items for her. Last year I pick one lady & was able to get her two nice outfits. Made me feel good to be able to help someone in need & really make their day.

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Lori,
    What a thought provoking challenge about whom we invite to our table? Like Michele, I admit to having plenty of similar people to my table. I’ve invited the widow, the orphan, the people of different color and culture, the down and out….but the addict? the prostitute? the homeless, the one who’s spent time behind bars? I’ve gone to where they live, but as for inviting them to where I live… there, I’m truly challenged. Jesus hung out with these children of God. Who am I not to do likewise?
    Bev xx

  4. I have fallen short of this. Thank-you Lori for giving us something worthwhile to think about.
    Have a blessed day all,

  5. Penny, I am so there with you. I have fallen short. Mostly out of fear.
    Lori, thank you for the challenge and the beautiful example you have given us.

  6. So wonderful you can do that. One of our neighbor’s daughters had gotten locked out of her house, in the days before all kids had phones, she instinctively came to mine because she had been here selling stuff for school. It was a nice feeling to know she felt safe here and I could let call her mother. I think all neighborhoods need a ” safe ” house, a place to go if they are in any danger, God bless.