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Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)
TITLE: Everyone is Special
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My father’s occupation was as a Tower Operator/Telegrapher for the Burlington Northern Railroad. His tower was located at a remote site outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked alone in this tower beside the railroad tracks, on the afternoon shift which ended at midnight. Many times, drifters would jump off the freight trains and climb up the stairs of the tower seeking food or drink. It was not unusual for my father to not only offer them cold water, but the lunch in his lunch bucket also. As the breadwinner for a family of 9, the lunch was meager, but he gave what he had.
My father has passed on, but the greatest example he gave to me during his lifetime was his love and hospitality to others. Whether familiar or strangers, it did not matter to him. Compassion and hospitality were truly a part of his nature.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:36-39 NLT
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