A Warm Welcome

I was recently invited to go to a conference for a couple of days. I had to travel away from family and it’s was the longest time I was going to be away from my 1 year-old son.
When I arrived at the hotel to check in I was told that there was a special package for me to collect. I didn’t think anyone knew where I was staying to be able to deliver anything to me so I assumed they had the wrong person.
But as I headed to my room they handed me a box with the word “Welcome” on it.
The church that was hosting the conference had created a welcome pack for each attendee. In it were some snacks, a t-shirt, a mug, some sparkling water and some tea. All packaged up nicely for my arrival.
It was such a lovely welcome. I felt special and like they were really anticipating me being there.
It’s a great reminder of how we can do some small things to make a big difference. And if we put a little more thought into what we do we can make people feel much more special.
Whether it’s in our homes, our churches or our work places, we have the chance to make people feel like we are glad they have arrived. And it usually doesn’t take much money or resources but is just about putting some thought into how they would feel.
Knowing the love and grace of Jesus can make us feel loved and appreciated. He died for each one of us so we could have abundant life.
We have the opportunity to share that love and grace by how we make other people feel. Let’s consider what we can do to share Jesus’ love and make others catch a glimpse of who He is.
Lord, give me the insight of how others would be feeling so that I can make them feel accepted and love. Amen.
How can you make others feel like they are accepted?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.