As a quick aside before I get into this post, I confess that I’ve neglected my blog. At the very least, I had hoped to record some of the highlights of the second half of 2014, like the wondrous days that Ordinary Spouse and I spent birding in September to celebrate our anniversary. Ah, well – I’ve got to start again somewhere. Here are some thoughts as I sit in the camp office on a Friday night.

This past weekend, I had a guest (at Laurelville) tell me that, throughout the course of the weekend, I had been the face of Christ to her. Talk about hearing something that will go to your head! There was only one problem – the only reason I was able to minister to her is that we had messed up. We hadn’t provided for her needs when she arrived at the beginning of the weekend. I didn’t do anything special – I was only fixing what should have been done in the first place. And so, her gracious thanks humbled me. I might have been slightly teary as I remembered…

It is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

II Corinthians 4. 6-7

I try to extend love and hospitality by first recognizing the image of God in the faces of the guests. And if I manage to get that right, it’s never clear to me which way the ministry is going.

Hospes venit, Christus venit.