Wednesday’s Word: Kissed Anyone’s Feet Lately?

If you’ve ever lived or traveled overseas, you know that people expect different things from the word, “hospitality.” When I moved home to the United States from Japan, where I had lived for three years, I have to admit that I missed the sound of store clerks calling, “Irrashaimase” when entering a store–it was a sign of welcome. Holding the door open to my home to a visitor, I would tell them, “Dozo,” meaning, “Please, come in.” It’s a very handy word–you can also say it when holding out a plate of cookies or something, thereby inviting them to “Please, take one.” I find myself wanting to say it in some situation or other nearly every day!

This passage from Luke 7:36-50 gives us some clues as to expressions of hospitality in Bible times–and the lengths that one sinful woman went to show Jesus her love for him, despite the tension it created in the Pharisee’s house.

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For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather! On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. Please join in the conversation!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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