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Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares

Truth is often stranger than fiction - One stormy night an elderly couple entered the lobby of a small hotel and asked for a room. The clerk said they were filled, as were all the hotels in town.

"I can't send a fine couple like you out in the rain, he said. Would you be willing to sleep in my room?" The couple hesitated, but the clerk insisted. The next morning when the man paid his bill, he said, "You're the kind of man who should be managing the best hotel in the United States. Someday I'll build you one." The clerk smiled politely. A few years later the clerk received a letter from the elderly man, recalling that stormy night and asking him to come to New York. A round-trip ticket was enclosed. When the clerk arrived, his host took him to the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street, where stood a magnificent new building. "That," explained the man,"is the hotel I have built for you to manage." The man was William Waldorf Astor, and the hotel was the original Waldorf-Astoria. The young clerk, George C. Boldt, became its first manager

Let us have a heart of compassion and mercy for all men. After all, is this not the mind of Christ? Well, "Let this mind be in you." I am not saying we must help every stranger with a need. But I am saying do not judge them by their state. If we desire the heart of empathy that the Master continually displayed, we must allow the Holy Spirit (within) to move without restraint or questioning. He will tell us who He desires to help. "The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" 1 Cor 2:10b. Belived of God, be blessed of God and be a blessing to others.


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